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Whither Thou Goest

Ruth the Moabite said she’d follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, anywhere, making her an enduring symbol of loyalty, faith, and determination. Just in time for Shavuot, when the Book of Ruth is read, we present three modern-day Ruth stories.

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The Conversion Episode

Ep. 136: In honor of Shavuot, stories from people around the globe who have chosen to be Jewish

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Vegans Give Shavuot a New Taste

In Israel, growing numbers of people are avoiding dairy—the basis for many of the holiday’s famous recipes. So chefs are creating new recipes that everyone can enjoy.

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Blood of the Soul

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study continues to explore the real—and hypothetical—practicalities of ritual animal sacrifice

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A Syrian Treat for Shavuot

Tired of cheesecake and blintzes? Make cheese-filled sambusak your new holiday recipe.

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La Dolce Gilda

The documentary ‘Love, Gilda’ makes us miss Gilda Radner—and all her beloved ‘Saturday Night Live’ characters—even more

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Lessons From the Mother of a Kidnapped Soldier

What I learned about maternal love from Aviva Shalit, whose son Gilad was held prisoner in Gaza for five years

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Motherhood, Burgers, and Bacon

Episode 135: Peninah Lamm Kaplansky on infertility and miscarriage in the Jewish community, Sister Julia Walsh on giving up motherhood for the church, and the granddaughter-grandmother duo behind the new documentary ‘Wendy’s Shabbat’

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Fighting for the Future in Leeds

As the Jewish population in this northern English city shrinks, locals hope to entice newcomers with cultural events, community involvement, and a reasonable cost of living

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On Priestly Perfection

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ how ancient Talmudic rabbis recreated and understood the lost religious culture of the First Temple

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Checks and Balances

Ep. 134: Sen. Joe Lieberman on life after politics, and Skyler Inman on podcasting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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If A, Then B

Through Daf Yomi’s exercises in mathematical logic, Talmudic rabbis attempt to decipher the will of a reasonable God. Plus: What distinguishes guilt from sin?

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Running the Show

A new book looks at the women—in particular, the Jewish women—who are changing television

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Dressing the Part

When my mother decided that our family was Orthodox, I changed my whole wardrobe. But I’d change it many more times before I found a style that reflected my own beliefs.

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What Is ‘Jewish Food’?

It is profoundly global, deeply regional, and eminently adaptable. And it is often not exclusively Jewish.

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Knocked Out

Episode 133: Former Jehovah’s Witness Linda Curtis on being shunned by the religion, Rachel Simmons on empowering young girls today, and more

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Slaughtered Offerings

In making animal sacrifices, says this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, ancient Jews learned the importance of doing religious actions with deliberate purpose

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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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When a King Sins

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the surprising origins of power’s responsibility to the governed. Plus: How the Kingdom of Judea became the Religion of Judaism.

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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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Defining Soviet Jewish Cuisine

Under communism, Soviet Jews ate plov, pork-laden sosiski, and ‘herring under fur coat.’ But does that make those dishes ‘Jewish food’?

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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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Disobey

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, how are individual Jews supposed to act when a religious court makes a ‘manifestly illegal’ ruling or unjust order?

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Finding the Flavors of Morocco in Venezuela

Once a month in Caracas, Estrella Benmaman turns her home into a restaurant, putting a new spin on her Fez-born grandmother’s recipes

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Coexistence in the Maternity Ward

For the first time, Jewish women are choosing to give birth at an East Jerusalem hospital that caters primarily to Arabs

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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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