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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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Attending Synagogue Without Leaving Home

Growing numbers of congregations are live-streaming services to those who can’t join in person but want to stay connected

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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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The Rise and Fall of Matchmakers

How Jewish marriage brokers lost their standing, outside the Orthodox world

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Immoral, Weak, Abusive, Untrustworthy, and Murderous

What Talmudic sages thought of the pagan gentiles of their day is disturbingly paranoid and hostile

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Celebrating Judy Blumesday

A star-studded 80th birthday celebration for the beloved Jewish children’s book author highlights some of her most memorable work—but overlooks what makes her truly important

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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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How Jews Should Deal With Gentiles

According to this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, as little as possible

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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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Getting Back to Basics in the Kitchen

As an experiment, I gave up Googling recipes and relied instead on an old cookbook from my mother’s shelf, ‘How to Cook Like a Jewish Mother.’ The results were delicious.

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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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Eyal Shani, Israel’s Most Celebrated Chef, Opens New York Restaurant

Is the Big Apple ready for the Big Pita?

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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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Thou Shalt Sell No White Rooster and Bow to No Idols

Daf Yomi: How could Jews live as a minority among peoples, the Romans and the Persians, whose religion they considered sinful?

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The Modern-day Appeal of Tu B’Shevat

The Jewish New Year of the Trees demands little of us, but offers us a chance to connect our roots with good causes, new rituals, and recipes

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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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Finally, an Age-Appropriate Holocaust Movie for Young Viewers

‘The Number on My Great-Grandpa’s Arm’ uses animation to elevate a documentary about a survivor and his 10-year-old great-grandson

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Shabbat Dinner, Libyan Style

Tired of the same old roast chicken? Try chraime, a spicy fish dish that’s a Friday night staple for Jews from North Africa.

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The Talmud’s Revenge Fantasies

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the oft-banned tractate that indulges a God ‘making sport’ with the enemies of a persecuted and oppressed people

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In Debt to My Father

I inherited more than Dad’s unexpected savings. I also inherited his way with money.

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The Ashkenazi Version of Mac and Cheese

While holiday and Shabbat specialties fill Jewish cookbooks, we often forget the pleasures of seemingly ordinary, everyday food—like egg noodles with cottage cheese

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In the Talmud, Size Matters

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ helps Jews swear in disputes of the kind they might encounter in small claims court. Plus: if an oath must be taken in the name of God, can the literal name be spoken? And is Abraham’s penis a sacred object?

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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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Breads That Turn Heads

Gluten-free? Marzipan? Tomato and basil? Rainbow? Challah bakers are taking the Friday-night staple to new places.

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Tel Aviv Loses Its Iconic Restaurant

Farewell to Orna and Ella, an oasis of sanity soon to shut down

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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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Sworn Testimony

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, how a flying duck aimed at a judge gets the ancient sages out of a moral and intellectual bind

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