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Into the Woods

This week on Unorthodox, a Hudson Valley rabbi brings his congregation outdoors

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My Chevruta

Forty years of learning with a partner, and friend, by land or by Skype

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Not in Heaven

Man’s authority to interpret the Torah in a ‘postmagical age’ is the subject of this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ rabbinical debate

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The Days of Early Minyans

Every fall and winter, as sundown comes earlier, the nature of ‘mincha’—when Jews gather to say the afternoon prayers—changes

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Finding Happiness, Beyond the Evil Eye

After years of worrying about what horrible things might happen, I finally learned to be thankful for the life I’ve got right now

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A Sweet Way to Ring in Thanksgiving

It’s not quite a cake, not quite a kugel. But this carrot ring, a classic Midwestern recipe from the 1950s, is worthy of a spot on your holiday table.

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When Friedman Met Friedman

A small coincidence let us start a conversation over Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve been together ever since.

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Green Bean Casserole’s Jewish Pedigree

This traditional Thanksgiving side dish was the creation of food writer Cecily Brownstone. With a small update, it’s perfect for your holiday table, even if you keep kosher.

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Making Millions on a Roll of the Dice

How a rabbi’s son earned his fortune with Yahtzee—and Bingo

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Praying for Today

Becoming disabled made me question everything I thought I knew about Judaism. Then it brought me back to the religion in a way I’d never thought possible.

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The Coin of the Realm

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the finer points of monetary transactions, and the attendant honesty ingrained in them

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Epitaph for a Bronx Accent

My uncle was one of the last speakers of a language that once united a borough’s Jews

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A Time To Mourn Without a Place to Pray

When I wanted to say kaddish for my mother, I found that my options as a woman were limited—and less than welcoming

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Picking Mushrooms in America: A Jewish Immigrant Tradition

Every fall, Russian Jewish families go foraging for culinary treasure on Cape Cod

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Need a Reason to Hope This Campaign Season? Try the Timeless Talmud.

Can it get any worse? Yes, yes, it can, a lot worse, but the continuity of learning in the ‘Daf Yomi’ cycle has remained unbroken.

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Voices From the Children’s House

Yael Neeman’s memoir ‘We Were the Future’ looks back on the bygone days of her kibbutz life

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Hunting for Deer—and Meaning

When I helped kill a deer for the first time, I turned to Jewish sages to help me understand my discomfort, and the ethics of the hunt

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Lost and Found

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ how the Talmud transforms absolute Torah commandments into contingent human laws, prizing practicality over literalism

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Women Without Hats

As a feminist in the Orthodox community, I’ve spent a lifetime trying to reconcile the choice to cover my hair

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How to Explain the Refugee Crisis to Kids

New children’s books help parents broach a challenging subject

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Welcome Home

When I took my mother back to the house where she grew up, we made an unexpected connection

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Jack of All Trades

This week on Unorthodox, ‘Alexa’ editor David Kaufman and Jack Daniels’ in-house historian Nelson Eddy

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Chanting My Way Up the Family Tree

How learning to ‘leyn’ Torah helped me connect with long-lost ancestors

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Jerusalem’s Top Hotels Think Big as Sukkot Approaches

Forget the little hut in the backyard. These grand sukkahs combine luxury and design with halachic detail.

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The Year I Skipped Yom Kippur Services

After my best friend died of complications from HIV, I avoided synagogue and found sanctuary in my mother’s house instead. And that’s where I found a space to atone, and a path to move forward.

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I Swear

A simple dispute over ownership leads the Talmudic sages into a debate, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ about the value of a spiritual oath versus secular claims of honesty

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Forgiveness Is Not a Gift You Give Yourself

The High Holidays are a time for apologizing. But when it comes to getting forgiveness in return, that’s up to the people you’ve wronged.

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Embracing Aristotle at Yom Kippur

When we recite Unetaneh Tokef at High Holiday services, we take a lesson from the ancient Greeks about what to do when life gives us lemons

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Sorry Not Sorry

In time for Yom Kippur, a special Unorthodox episode about apologies gone right—and wrong

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Israeli Rabbis You Should Know

Here are 10 religious leaders who are having a big impact in a small country

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