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‘I’d Like to Become a Bird’

My great-great-grandmother’s letters—in Ladino—paint a portrait of the Sephardic community on the Isle of Rhodes, moments before it was destroyed in the Holocaust

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My State of Graceland

What Rabbi Elvis taught me about myself and God

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Legendary Cookbook Turns a New Page

‘Second Helpings, Please!’ has been teaching Canadian Jews how to cook—and raising money for charity—for nearly 50 years

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The Smithsonian Gets Religion

A new exhibit at the National Museum of American History looks at the role of religion—including Judaism—in early America

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The Dating Option

Episode 101: The team behind ‘Soon By You,’ a web series about dating while modern Orthodox, and Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option

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Jerusalem of Clay

For a century, locally made Armenian pottery has brought together the holy city’s major religions in a uniquely artistic way

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Divided by a Common Language

For me, learning Hebrew was a way to fit in as a Russian immigrant growing up in Israel. For the kids in my Hebrew school class in California, the language meant something entirely different.

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The Elul Challenge: To Prepare for the High Holidays, Can You Spend an Hour a Day Without Your Phone?

To repent, you must first know yourself, which means taking a break from technology’s distractions

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Reclaiming My Name

Staying connected to my family meant coming to terms with more than one name

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The Big 100

To celebrate our centennial episode, we turn the microphones around and interview the hosts

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Lest Ye Be Judged

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ how Talmudic rabbis carried the life-or-death burden of sitting in judgment of others

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A Lust for Lox

Herring curer Eric Moed bids farewell to New York with a photo exhibit about a fish of a different color

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Healing the World, One Halal Cart at a Time

This Tisha B’Av, I tried a new tradition: buying strangers lunch

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Lessons in Love

I spent years searching for romance, without success, until my grandfather and my rebbe showed me just how simple it could be

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Meet the Jewish Inventor of the Slow Cooker

And shut up about your Instant Pot

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Prison-to-Table Cuisine

Bino Gabso, better known as Dr. Shakshuka, has the prescription for what ails Tel Aviv’s fast food customers: a recipe he perfected behind bars

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The Real Lesson of Tisha B’Av

The holiday frequently brings sermons about Jewish unity, but the story of the destruction of the Temple offers a very different message

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Jarab

Welcome to the complicated world of Israel’s Jews and Arabs: They’re enemies and cousins, neighbors and rivals, lovers and haters, and at times even one and the same

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Satisfying Refugees’ Thirst for Education

The Schoolhouse offers classes to asylum seekers in Israel

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Their Classmates Followed Hitler

After the war, a small group of survivors repatriated to German universities, to study alongside those who served in Hitler’s army

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Reading Torah Against the Grain

Daf Yomi: Do Talmudic rabbis seek justification for givens by retrofitting biblical text to their needs? The case of the Sanhedrin courts.

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A Different Kind of Holocaust Museum

In Brooklyn, a new view of the Shoah, aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jews

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Turning Religion Into a Theme Park

While Bible-themed venues have proved popular with American—mostly Christian—tourists, Israel’s Shtetl Museum had trouble getting off the ground

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Preserving a Jewish Culinary Tradition

Pickling goes far beyond the barrel of half-sours

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Follow the Money

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ tough-minded and practical wisdom on financial transactions from the ancient rabbis

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Beet the Heat With Borscht

How to make a perfect cold coup for summer

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Confronting Memories of Nazi-Occupied France

A trip with my grandmother to her French hometown revealed a complex narrative of forgotten stories, newly discovered facts, and misremembered details

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The Cat’s Meow

Episode 97: Historian Jenna Weissman Joselit and cat therapist Carole Wilbourn

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The Art of Forgery

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the rabbis attempt to imagine every possible way to alter a legal document, and a coinciding method to thwart each of them

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Saying No to Kids

In Israel, women are saying they can lead full lives without having children

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