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How To Make Fessenjan, a Sweet and Savory Persian Stew

Video: Pomegranates, turmeric, and ground walnuts evoke the flavors of the old Silk Road

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The Talmud as Fossil Record of Ancient, Everyday Jewish Life and Idioms

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study, why vows are hardly sacred, and why circumcision is the most glorious of rituals

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Defining ‘Open Orthodoxy’

What a shift in focus—from obsessing over boundaries to creating welcoming spaces—could mean for our future

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A Love Supreme

Today, the nation’s highest court affirmed same-sex marriage. For my family, and tens of thousands of others, it’s a cause for celebration.

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Jewish Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons—and Deterrence

As Iran negotiates its nuclear deal, a look back at decades of debate by rabbis, politicians, and philosophers about the ethics of atomic warfare

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I, Robot Chef

IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, can generate ingenious, original recipes, but does it really understand why humans love food?

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A Universal Jewishness

More of the Jewish tradition is vanishing in present conditions of security and prosperity than ever vanished in past conditions of oppression and poverty

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Recovering From a Brain Injury, One Measuring Spoon at a Time

After a burst blood vessel nearly killed her, Jessica Fechtor discovers the restorative power of baking—and receiving—a cake

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Summer Camp Turned Me From an Awkward Girl Into a Confident Young Woman

As a kid, I didn’t feel comfortable in my body. But at camp, I finally lost my inhibitions—thanks to a group of Israeli dancers.

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‘The Law of the Kingdom Is the Law’

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study refutes the ‘dual loyalty’ charges against Jews

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The Lives We Never Lived

Imagining a different, less-observant life confirms that I’ve made the right choices for myself

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Searching for the Golden Egg

Eyerlekh—unlaid eggs found inside slaughtered hens—were a Jewish delicacy. Now they’re hard to find. So I went on an egg hunt.

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Parenting Advice From Annoying Dads

Just in time for Father’s Day, a new book purports to help fathers with ‘the worst job you’ll ever love.’ Don’t listen.

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Sex: Sin, Obligation, or Pursuit of Pleasure?

Discussing vows, Talmudic rabbis detour into the temptations of Jewish love-making—where almost anything goes

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The Deli at the End of the Road

A childhood trip to a mysterious deli taught me the value of not asking for directions

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Gifts of the Body

Amending the Jewish take on organ and whole body donation

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Why Taking Vows Is a Wicked Act

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the Talmud explores why oaths are not for the virtuous, except in the rarest of cases

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A Rabbi Seeking Wisdom Across Religious Lines

Rami Shapiro draws on everything from Zen Buddhism to Catholicism and recovery’s Twelve Steps at his spiritual retreats

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If Victorious, I Vow To Sacrifice My Daughter—Wait, No! I Didn’t Mean That! Uh-Oh.

Bridging the gap between biblical terseness and the needs of a functioning Jewish legal system

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Where School Lunch Comes With a Side of Jewish Learning

In a public high school near Atlanta, the Jewish Culture Club is thriving—and not just because the meetings include pizza

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From the Mekong to Maryland

After the fall of Saigon, a Baltimore synagogue helped 15 Vietnamese become Americans

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Making Sex Education Smarter

Teenagers need to learn about more than anatomy, as some Jewish educators already know

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No Brisket, No Chopped Liver: Recipes for a Meat-Free Jewish Kitchen

‘The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook’ offers insight into the city’s prewar culinary scene—and pioneering restaurateur Fania Lewando

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Why Shavuot Is Jewish Mother-in-Law’s Day

A convert to Judaism reflects on the Jewish woman who embraced her, and honors her with a holiday recipe

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Toil and Text: The Twin Gifts of Shavuot

Spending a summer working on a farm got me in touch with nature—and Torah. Now I understand how the two are intertwined.

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How To Make Tchav, a Chilled Soup That’s Perfect for Shavuot

Video: This Ukrainian sour sorrel soup is a refreshing way to welcome summer

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Rugelach, an American Treat

While this rolled, filled cookie has its roots in Europe, the version you know and love is a New World creation

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For Jewish Widows, Like Modern Drug Offenders, Just How Much Matters

Why Talmudic law is precise, and how practical matters can test the moral foundations of the system

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The Immeasurable Value of a Fake Diamond Ring

It’s made of nickel and a piece of crystal. But it helped save Jews from the Nazis.

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The Mormons on Mount Scopus

BYU’s Jerusalem campus hasn’t unleashed a wave of missionaries. But it hasn’t opened much interfaith dialogue, either.

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