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On Being Prepared

How I found myself—and my Jewish identity—in the woods of Tennessee

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Tales of Tragedy: My Inheritance As the Grandson of Survivors

When I tried to hold my newborn daughter, my grandparents’ Holocaust stories stopped me cold

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The Law of the Kingdom, or the Law of the Jews?

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the rabbis debate whether Jews owe anything to gentiles, when it comes to property rights

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Are Jews at Risk for Parkinson’s Disease?

There’s new research into what was once called ‘the shaking palsy’

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When Life Really Was a Cabaret—and Cabaret Was a Life

An evening of Jewishly inflected, queer songs brings Weimar Germany back to life with humor and music

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Does the Talmud Legalize Squatting?

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ putting limits on property rights

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In the Driver’s Seat

Remembering the bygone era when the quintessential New York cabbie was Jewish

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The Three Faces of Esther

How the story of Purim is told in Christian scripture, and how Martin Luther became Esther’s enemy

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The Purim Report: Mirth and Melancholy

A holiday filled with cookies, storytelling, and the wisdom of Jackie Mason

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Daf Yomi: ‘Whoever Is Stronger Prevails’

Talmudic rabbis solve territorial disputes by giving the spoils to the victor

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A Purim Treat That’s Fit for a Queen

Move over, hamantaschen. Queen Esther’s toast is going to turn everything you thought you knew about Purim upside down.

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Three Rules for a Better Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Jews do the milestone event all wrong. Here’s a quick, and meaningful, fix.

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Are We Allowed to Joke About the Holocaust?

A new documentary looks at ‘the ultimate taboo’

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If You’ll Buy That, the Rabbi’ll Throw the Golden Gate in Free

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study examines the origin of rules for real estate transactions

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More Than Tay-Sachs

One rabbi’s mission to push couples—and doctors—to screen for a longer list of genetic diseases

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Putting Out the Unwelcome Mat

As we turn away refugees, I’m reminded of my mother’s experience trying to enter England from Nazi Germany—and the lifelong scars left by a customs official’s callous rejection

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The Rise of Halal-Certified Food

Mirroring a model set decades ago to certify kosher products, American Muslims witness the growth of the ‘Muslim hekhsher

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What My Cabbie Taught Me

In Jerusalem, I developed an unlikely friendship with a taxi driver. I owe him much more than what’s on the meter.

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My Sephardic Inheritance: a Spoonful of Salt, a Spoonful of Sugar

What a family heirloom taught me about my ancestors, and the mysterious parts of my Jewish history

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Bed Certain

Herb Foster no longer works as an educator. So he teaches the Martha’s Vineyard elderly how to have better sex lives.

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Talmud to Betsy DeVos: Yes, We Need Public Schools

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ rabbinical thinking on the relationship of public goods and private obligations explains the advantages of universal education accessible to all

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A Rebbe for Our Time

A new book reminds us why Menachem Schneerson’s genius for community is more vital today than ever

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A Tu B’Shevat Recipe That Brings the World Together

This quinoa salad combines Andean grains with Asian fruit to make a colorful vegan medley for the holiday

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Rabbis Fighting for Refugee Rights

T’ruah gathers in New York to galvanize activists in the pulpit

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Who Wrote the Torah?

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study dives into a foundational puzzle of the religion

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Searching for Poppy’s House

In his memoir ‘A World Erased,’ Noah Lederman travels to Poland, hoping to find the home where his grandfather—a Holocaust survivor—once lived.

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David Shulman’s Improbable Journey Through Language

The Israel Prize-winning Hebrew University scholar, a native of Iowa, tackles Tamil in his new book

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What the Talmud Says About Trump’s Border Wall, Paid For by Mexico

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ when it comes to privacy, good fences may indeed make good neighbors

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Protecting Public Schools

Why Jews should oppose Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as Secretary of Education

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Historic Cemeteries in Ruin

Jewish graveyards in Eastern Europe are crumbling, neglected, and vandalized. Who will be responsible for protecting them—and their communities’ history?

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