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Pitas, Pride, and Prejudice

Israeli cuisine is the all the rage in New York these days. But it’s missing one key ingredient: nationalism.

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Transgender and Jewish

When I decided to physically transition from female to male, I didn’t consciously consider how my relationship to Judaism might change as a result

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My Crushes on Rabbis

My youthful admiration for religious teachers, and my desire to please and even emulate them, ultimately helped me connect with myself as a Jewish adult

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How a Cucumber Decides Whether a Son Inherits Over a Donkey

With surprising analogous thinking, ancient Talmudic sages tackled very modern questions—by accident or foresight, depending on how liberal your views—of transgender rights, the rights of unborn fetuses, women’s rights, and wealth distribution

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The Garment District’s Bustling Past and Uncertain Future

Mayor De Blasio may be killing Manhattan’s storied neighborhood, once dense with high-rise factories, its sidewalks crowded with garmentos and push boys

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The Silence of the Dads

Why there are no jokes about Jewish fathers

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Talking Jewish

Episode 94: Discussing the hallmarks and stereotypes of Jewish communication with linguist John McWhorter, host of the Lexicon Valley podcast

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An Old Jew Is on His Deathbed, and Says to His Son…

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ what’s right—and what’s legal—in matters of inheritance

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Betting on the Bible

My father tried his luck on a surprising set of numbers

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Pickles and Prose

Tel Aviv literary events bring together sour food and sour stories, with sweet results

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What Becomes of Troubled Ultra-Orthodox Kids?

In Israel, a bevy of new programs are helping at-risk youth who’ve long been overlooked

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Signs of the Times

Rabbi Michael Strassfeld is spending his retirement collecting signs from shuttered shuls.

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A Prayer in the Forest

Getting lost at summer camp made me rethink what psalms mean to me

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The Inheritance

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ one sage overrules the consensus, and men may dispose of their wealth upon their deathbeds at will

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Peace Now. Almost.

In the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War, a Palestinian lawyer and two Israeli reservists nearly brokered a peace agreement. Just imagine how history would have unfolded had they succeeded.

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In the Heights

What I found on a weekend trip to the Golan

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On Cheesecake

The traditional Shavuot dessert is held together with memories as much as with cream cheese

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Missing in Action

Keeping alive the memory of my uncle, lost at sea in WWII

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Illegal Immigration and the Book of Ruth

Shavuot offers an important lesson for politics today.

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My Grandmother, the Undocumented Immigrant

On a recent trip to Cuba, I learned more about my grandmother’s journey to America—and the different ways my family has interpreted that piece of our history

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A Dish That’s Perfect for Shavuot—or Breakfast Any Time

Move over, blintzes. A Romanian dish called malai, made from cornmeal and ricotta cheese, is a new holiday favorite.

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The Talmud’s Hot Tub Time Machine

How Moses could know how his people’s story would end before it was even written is in keeping with the spirit of ‘Daf Yomi’

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Not Just for Hasidim Anymore

The Tanya, a Lubavitcher spiritual text, could be the next big thing for secular self-help

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Fine (Kosher) Dining

Why do upscale kosher restaurants have such a short lifespan? Economics play a part, but so does culture.

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All Shakshuk Up

Episode 90: Jack’s Wife Freda co-owner Maya Jankelowitz on bringing South African Israeli comfort food to New York City, and JTS professor Barry Holtz on Rabbi Akiva’s life and legacy

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Pastries, Filled With History

In Seattle’s Sephardic synagogues, women have come together to bake for more than a century. Will a younger generation continue the tradition?

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The Ten Commandments Take Shape

In her new book ‘Set in Stone,’ Jenna Weissman Joselit recalls one synagogue’s battle over a stained-glass window

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Taking a ‘Sharp Knife’ to the Talmud

Daf Yomi: Interpreters of ancient Jewish law ‘often give the impression of doing whatever needs to be done to make the Bible mean what they want it to mean’

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Losing My Religion

From secret bathroom texting all the way to negotiating a divorce in Venice (of all places), Israel Story brings us heart-wrenching tales of lost faith

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Lost and Found. And Lost Again.

My mother’s terrifying fear of losing me started with her fear of being lost herself

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