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Leonard Bernstein: Behind the Music

The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia marks the hundredth anniversary of the composer’s birth with an exhibit about his personal life and social activism

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Making Synagogues Sustainable

Congregations around the country have found ways to protect the environment and combat the effects of climate change

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Sabra Cadabra

Ep. 132: Celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday with chef Eyal Shani, singer Yael Deckelbaum, and writer and comedian Periel Aschenbrand

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The Children’s Book That Introduced Young Americans to the New Jewish State

On Yom Ha’atzmaut, looking back at Habibi’s Adventures in the Land of Israel, from 1951

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Foraging in Tel Aviv

On Heela Harel’s urban tours, participants learn to spot edible flowers, leaves, and weeds—and how to turn them into lunch

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The Blood Road

A visit to Buchenwald left me feeling defiantly alive

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The Talmud, Personified

In his new ‘biography,’ professor Barry Scott Wimpfheimer argues that the Talmud is more important now than it has ever been

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The East End’s Last Shuls

This area was once the center of London’s Jewish community, boasting almost 200 synagogues. Just four remain today. But don’t count them out quite yet.

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Coming Out, Getting In

Just in time for Passover, Israel Story brings us the surprising tale of Payam Feili, an Iranian poet who journeyed out of his country, leaving behind almost everything but his identity, and is now searching for a new life in Zion

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Red Marks and Red Lines

A visit to some of Baltimore’s first synagogues, in celebration of Passover and commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., killed 50 years ago this week

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Play Ball

How baseball came to loom so large in the American Jewish imagination

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The Tough Customer

The Burning Bush, and how God revealed her real name

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Snowfu

Ep. 129: Evangelical preacher turned humanist chaplain Bart Campolo drops by our snow day studio

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Leading the Pack

Ep. 128: Orthodox rabbinical student Leah Sarna and culture critic Lauren Oyler

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Who’s Jane?

Behind the scenes at every Syrian Jewish wedding in Brooklyn, one woman pulls the strings

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Digging Up the Past in a Jewish Cemetery

In Wroclaw, Poland, the fate of an old graveyard collides with the promise of a new Best Western hotel

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What Made America Great in the First Place

A new lecture series by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik offers unexpected insights into the Jewish ideas that influenced America’s founders

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Feeling the Love in Macedonia

Returning to my grandfather’s hometown, I witnessed the affection the locals feel for their country’s Jewish past

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Touch Me

Two Bay Area Jewish women offer an intimate—but not too intimate—seminar on human sexuality

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Portrait of the Rebbetzin

Chaya Mushka Schneerson kept a low profile as the wife of Chabad-Lubavitch leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. But since her death, 30 years ago today, she has become an iconic figure in her own right.

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House Calls

In an excerpt from his new memoir ‘This Narrow Space,’ pediatric oncologist Elisha Waldman recalls the unique challenges he faced while treating Palestinian cancer patients at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem

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Milk, Honey, and Sweet Mary Jane

Cannabis in the Holy Land is a booming business. Israel Story takes a deep dive into the world of Telegrass, the Israeli app that made buying weed as easy as ordering a pizza.

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Leaving the Nest

Ep. 122: Novelist Tova Mirvis on Leaving Modern Orthodoxy

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What Happened to Israel’s ‘New Haredim’?

Integration of the ultra-Orthodox into modern Israeli society—jobs, schools, the IDF— has stalled, but experts say further progress is inevitable

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The Golden Rule

Ep. 121: Live from the Manhattan JCC, comedian Judy Gold and Jesuit priest James Martin

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Prison No More

In Ferrara, a prison becomes a new museum of Italian Judaism—and of the Holocaust in Italy

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The Enduring Relevance of ‘Broadcast News’

Thirty years after its release, the movie’s shoulder pads and videotapes look dated—but the issues it tackles remain as timely as ever

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Song of Songs

Episode 119: West Virginia Rabbi Joseph Hample and musicians David Chevan and Warren Byrd of the Afro-Semitic Experience

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A Forgotten Gay Jewish Pioneer Rises Again

Activist Leo Skir wove together his identities in a groundbreaking essay more than 50 years ago

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Israel Grows a Beard

They’re not just for Hasidim and scruffy kibbutzniks anymore

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