Rabbi Shafran, whose latest book is “It’s All In The Angle” (Judaica Press), blogs at rabbiavishafran.com.
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Frustrated by the State of the World? Yiddish Has the Perfect Expression for You.

The perfect idiom for our time involves a practice now long gone

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Whence the Gogel Mogel?

From Tolstoy to ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ a mysterious Yiddish drink intrigues. But what’s in its name?

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How a Holocaust-Era Yiddish Song Became a Women’s March Slogan

The strange and inspiring history of “Mir Velen Zei Iberleben,” or “We Will Outlive Them”

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A Goy, a Yid: What’s in a Name?

How did one Biblical tribe come to give all Jews their name? And just who are the goyim? A guide for the perplexed.

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The Reform and Conservative Movements’ Jerusalem Problem

If you oppose moving the embassy to the holy city to avoid offending the world, and oppose Jews praying on Temple Mount to avoid offending the Palestinians, you may also want to consider the feelings of Orthodox Jews

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On the Third Anniversary of His Death, Remembering Leonard Fein

What began with an angry letter to the editor bloomed into a friendship that transcended ideological barriers and brought an Orthodox rabbi and a secular, liberal Jew together

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Skeptical About Evolution—And Not Because of Religion

A new study challenges—but doesn’t slay—one rabbi’s lifelong ‘heresy’

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The Jews’ Jews

Anti-Semites paint Jews as different and strange; many Jews do the same to the so-called ‘ultra-Orthodox’

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