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America’s Best Jewish Baker Isn’t Jewish

How minister’s daughter Melissa Weller became the queen of bagels and babka

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You’ve Made Aliyah. Now What?

Israeli agencies offer programs to help newcomers settle in, but some worry that the country needs to offer more support to prevent them from leaving

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The Converso Comeback

Hispanic crypto-Jews use social media and DNA testing to reconnect with their heritage

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Rebellious Elders

Daf Yomi: Why heresy is rare in Talmudic law, where judicial dissent and tiered courts institutionalized freedom of thought

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From Radiohead to Klezmer

My winding journey through music mirrored my journey of Jewish discovery

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If You Build It, They Will Come—to Synagogue

The Ark Builders, a group of volunteer woodworkers, have transformed the way their congregation worships

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Rolling Up a Different Kind of Strudel

This humble pastry is the perfect dish for Simchat Torah. And it’ll cure your hangover, too.

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Are Jews Exempt from Capital Punishment?

Talmudic rabbis’ lenient interpretation of Biblical laws made the death penalty difficult to impose, even in cases where murder was clearly the intent

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Inside Ellis Island’s Immigrant Hospital

An effort is underway to save old buildings crumbling into dust

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New Year, New You?

Episode 107: Rabbi Shai Held offers realistic advice for 5778

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Food Fight

Forget politics, forget territorial disputes, forget religion. Israel Story takes us to the arena where the Middle East’s truly important battles are fought: food.

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Finding Faith in Sukkot

After reading Ecclesiastes, I realized Sukkot is the perfect holiday for a spiritual skeptic like me

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Put to Death For Crimes Yet to Be Committed

‘Daf Yomi’: The odd case of preemptive punishment highlights Talmudic rabbis’ generous interpretation of the Torah’s unenforceable laws

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Be Unprepared for Yom Kippur. There’s No Other Way.

You can’t get ready for repentance, which is why the holiday shuns elaborate rituals and favors awkward improvisations

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Breaking the Fast

As it gains popularity as a social event, the meal that ends Yom Kippur can sometimes eclipse the holiday itself—but ultimately, it reinforces our sense of community

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I’m Sorry

Episode 106: Our third-annual Yom Kippur apology show, with clemency advocate Mark Osler, apology blogger Ari Kohen, and a personal story from podcaster Vanessa Zoltan

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‘Strangers’ in the Vineyards

West Bank wineries find unexpected help from Christian volunteers who see themselves fulfilling a Biblical prophecy

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False Idols

Talmudic rabbis disagree on whether the action or the intention of veneration or protest is more important. Plus: Is magic holy?

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Picture Books for Parents Who Are Ambivalent About Israel

How to teach children about the Jewish State without cheerleading for Israel

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Lost and Found on the Lower East Side

Photographers Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum document what remains of the old Jewish neighborhood

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Sacrificing My Childhood

My father taught me Talmud as a boy—whether I wanted to learn it or not

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What I Gained by Losing Weight

As the High Holidays kick in, one formerly obese writer reflects on going kosher, long runs, and mastering his sins

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Rosh Hashanah in Zion

After I left the Orthodox world—and my marriage—I found a new place to observe the Jewish New Year: on a different kind of path

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The Anti-Semite Can Cite Talmud for His Purpose

Taken out of context, ancient Rabbinic laws—such as those on capital punishment discussed in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study—can attract the attention of those who hate us

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A New Cake for a New Year

Long a dull staple of Rosh Hashanah tables, honey cake is having a renaissance, with a wide range of new variations

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Tupperware Parties—for Pot

A San Francisco-based women’s collective hosts cannabis-themed gatherings informed by Jewish tradition

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Why the Internet Is Bad for the Jews

And what to do about it

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On Capital Punishment

Talmudic rabbis pondered the most fundamental ethical questions—including the value of human life—in debating death sentences by hanging or stoning

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A Better Place?

Not that long ago, an Israeli car was about to change the world. But it didn’t. Israel Story explores why the Better Place electric car generated such excitement and inspired such devotion, and why its demise was so devastating.

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Bringing ‘Daf Yomi’ to Life. And Vice Versa.

In her new memoir ‘If All the Seas Were Ink,’ Ilana Kurshan recounts her time in Israel—one page of Talmud at a time

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