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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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An Up-and-Coming Musical Theater Star’s Crash Course in Yiddish

Or: How to act in a foreign language you don’t speak, while simultaneously singing and dancing

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How to Have a Successful Marriage

A rabbi’s advice for couples who want to stay together

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Oath of Blood

Imagine getting the worst news possible, learning it isn’t true, and then realizing it is true after all—in the span of a single day. That’s what happened to the Harels of Jerusalem, in the chaotic frenzy of the First Lebanon War.

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A Taste of Jewish New York

While some tours take visitors to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, these guides lead tourists to the city’s best bagels and babkas

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The Woman Behind Eloise

Kay Thompson, creator of the legendary children’s book character, had lots of secrets—including her Jewish roots

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Want to Resolve the Kotel Controversy? Here’s a Wild Idea: Try Politics

American Jews deserve better leaders who share their priorities and their sensibilities

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Notes on Camp

Episode 96: Everything you ever wanted to know about summer camp

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What Happens When a Dying Man Doesn’t Die

A question of morals for a loopy Coen-brothers script, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study

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Losing My Daughter

A father’s story

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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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