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A Frittata That’s Fit for a Picnic

For Lag Ba’Omer, a delicious way to celebrate today’s delicate harmony between Jews and Italians

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The Top Five Most Hilarious Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories

Dolphin espionage? Magic vegetables? In addition to being hateful, anti-Semites are often hilarious.

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When the Bronx Was Burning

As a child accompanying my father to funerals in the 1970s, I witnessed the death of the borough’s Jewish community, one person at a time

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Love and Marriage, Love and Marriage, Go Together Like a—

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ reading, Talmudic debates over marriage contracts are often predicated on linguistic precision, not human needs

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Rediscovering My Judaism—in Africa

I went to Ghana to study drumming. But I learned much more about the religion I’d cast aside, including how to reclaim it.

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Fighting a Disease That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel battle breast cancer—without using those words

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A New Kind of Prayer Book

The Conservative movement’s latest siddur goes way beyond traditional liturgy

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The True Pleasure of the Talmud Is Its Intellectual Gamesmanship

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ reading, a pair of sages engage in a duel of the mind, posing, parrying, and riposting over hypothetical marriage and sexual scenarios

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The Lost—and Found—Jews of Crete

The Greek isle’s Jews were wiped out during the Holocaust. But today, a tiny community has rebuilt its centuries-old synagogue.

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Summer of My Israeli Soldier

It was supposed to be a romantic summer in Jerusalem. But religion and politics kept getting in the way.

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Mother’s Day for Sandwich Moms

I have a mother. I am a mother. So why isn’t this day twice as nice?

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Of Numbers and Names

For Yom HaShoah, stories of Israeli encounters with the Holocaust in the years and decades after it ended

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The Book of the Dead

My grandparents survived the Holocaust and struggled to build a new life in America. How can I, as an artist living a relatively pampered life, honor their memories?

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To Begin Again

When I found out I was pregnant, I had mixed feelings. The Jewish holidays helped me navigate the difficult emotional journey that followed.

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The Paradox of Secular Judaism

Secular Jews, from Ber Borochov to ‘Broad City,’ lambast tradition but never stray far from the source

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Children’s Books and Censorship

Can we live in a free and open society while also protecting kids from ideas that offend us?

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Crime and Punishment and Punishment and Punishment

The Talmudic system of laws assumes the adherent is eager to learn how to follow God’s commandment, not why to follow it—and that he has faith in an otherworldly justice not necessarily reflected in this life

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Thank God for the Haggadah, the Ultimate Non-PC Story

For a generation trained in moral relativism, there’s nothing like a strong tale of faith, fight, and freedom

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Rediscovering a Lost Children’s Classic for Passover

‘The Animated Haggadah’ was a staple for day school students in the 1980s and ’90s—and then nearly vanished. How does it hold up, 30 years after its release?

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Irish Spring

Unorthodox preps for Passover with OMGWTFBIBLE host David Tuchman, and gets schooled by Irish journalist Maitiú Ó Coimin

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Liberating Myself, Just in Time for Passover

Two years after my divorce, I’m finally learning how to stop focusing on what other people think of me

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As American as Pot Roast and Potato Salad

One of the best-selling cookbooks of all time, ‘The Settlement Cook Book’ taught a generation of Jewish immigrants about their new country

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The Festival of Cleaning

Whether you’re a hoarder or a neat freak, Passover gives families a chance to get rid of the mess—together

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Poi Story

Eating this traditional dish made from taro root is a perfect way to express what it means to be a Jew in Hawai‘i. Plus, it’s kosher for Passover.

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Men: Thank God We’re Not Women!

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis have a hard time explaining gender differences in commandments and blessings, including whether women can shave their beards

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How Is This Cheesecake Different From All Other Cheesecakes?

It’s kosher for Passover. So, forget that dry sponge cake and that can of macaroons. Here’s a Lithuanian dessert that’ll make you wish the holiday lasted for more than eight days.

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Remembrance of Honey Cakes Past

My grandmother Fanny made my favorite Passover dessert. I’ve been searching for the recipe for decades. Now I’ve finally found it—sort of.

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Thicker Than Water

On Israel Story, a family with deaf parents and hearing kids, and a girl who lost not one mother but two

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Solomons’ Rising: The Personal Revolution of an Irish Jewish Woman in 1916

Estella Solomons was both a proud Jew and a fierce fighter for Irish independence. She was not alone.

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Bem-Vindos, Judeus!

After 500 years, Portugal wants its Jews back, and some are coming

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