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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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Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism. Get Over It.

Recent campus debates teach us an important lesson about bigotry and how to deal with it

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Make Jewish Education Relevant

We need to teach Jewish values—as a subject that isn’t divorced from the modern world, but integral to it

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Honor Thy Mother and Father

Sure, fine, but what does that actually mean in practical everyday terms? This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study unpacks filial duty.

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Yiddish Flavor

In ‘Rhapsody in Schmaltz,’ Michael Wex delves into Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine and the stories behind classic dishes—from kugel to cholent to brain latkes. (Yes, brain latkes.)

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The Mysteries of Moses

Questions about an ancient set of scrolls—older than the Dead Sea Scrolls—led author Chanan Tigay around the world. Then the answer appeared in the library across from his office.

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The Long and Bumpy Road to Forgiveness

Gayle Kirschenbaum’s new documentary ‘Look at Us Now, Mother!’ examines a challenging, painful mother-daughter relationship

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Bridging the Generation Gap, With Nursery Rhymes

A new program in London brings old and young together—one incy, wincy spider at a time

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Going Back to Temple

I avoided synagogue for 20 years, until my daughter brought me back

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What’s Free Will Got To Do With It?

Especially in election season, we love talking about the moral fiber (or lack thereof) of our candidates. But when it comes to ethics, no man—or woman—is an island.

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Girls & Jews & Sex

A new book by Peggy Orenstein brings up questions about how to think Jewishly about our daughters’ sexuality

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By Talmudic law, Jewish Men Purchase Brides as They Would a Slave or a Piece of Real Estate

Sure, the woman consents, but the ‘specter of ownership’ hangs over the relationship. Plus: If you’re buying a woman, what is she actually worth in hard currency?

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Stop the Bus!

The world’s largest bus station, and a bus driver who wanted to be God, on today’s Israel Story

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On the Acquisition of Women

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the rabbis parse the betrothal of Jewish couples under the patriarchy. Plus: Is sex really sex if it doesn’t go all the way?

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Hiding Out on Purim

A childhood costume that once concealed what I wanted to hide now reveals what I want to hold tight

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