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Finders Keepers, Inferior Land for Wedded Bliss, and Other Property Matters

‘Daf Yomi’ zig-zags from impure wine to the Talmud’s apocryphal reasoning for the destruction of the Temple

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Both Sides Now

A recent visit from an old friend left us both wondering about the choices we made about family and career

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Super Bowl Sunday: The Forgotten Jewish Holiday

It’s like Rosh Hashanah for football fans. Or is it like Passover? Whatever it is, it’s something familiar for Jews.

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Talmud: We Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ features captives, kidnappers, and extortionists; ransom, escape, and stonings—and black magic

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A House Divided

When the election hits home, what’s a parent to do?

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‘It Won’t End Until We Talk’

Drawn together by grief, Israelis and Palestinians who have lost family members in the conflict strive for open dialogue rather than revenge

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Besties

How Moshe Dayan’s wife and Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law became bosom buddies, and other unlikely tales of friendship

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For Jewish Converts, It’s Never Too Late for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.

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The Gentiles Who Act Like Jews

Who are these non-Jews practicing Orthodox Judaism?

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Is ‘Tikkun Olam’ for the Betterment of the World, or Just for the Betterment of Divorce?

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, Jews may not realize the origins of a central idea of modern social justice

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China’s Search for the Secrets of Jewish Success

In their quest to understand Jews better, popular Chinese authors and bloggers offer up facts and myths about everything from the Talmud to anti-Semitism

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Can Jewish Renewal Keep Its Groove On?

After the death of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the mystical Renewal movement faces the future

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Want To Fight BDS? Drink Up.

There’s no more pleasurable way to support Israel than to enjoy the exceptional wines made in Judea and Samaria. Here are three of the best.

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How To Make a Salad That Brings Together the Flavors of Ancient Israel

Filled with figs, dates, pomegranates, and olives, it’s perfect for Tu B’Shevat—or any time of year

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The Doctor and the Nazis

Pediatrician Hans Asperger is known worldwide for the syndrome he first diagnosed. The rest of his story—in Vienna during WWII—has only recently come to light.

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King and Heschel and Moses

A documentary film draws connections between the civil rights leader, the Jewish theologian, and the prophet

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Sacred Plants

How we change nature and nature changes us, from wildflower picking in Israel to ayahuasca retreats in Peru

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Coming Out in the Classroom

A decade ago, the movie ‘Hineini’ opened a discussion about LGBT issues in Jewish schools. Now educators say the situation has improved—although challenges remain.

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Talmudic Semiotics: I Write Your Name

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study, a premodern post-modern analysis of what exactly constitutes writing, in the physical act of making indelible marks on surfaces. Plus: Need to deliver a ‘get’ to your wife but out of paper? Talmud says: Write it on a slave!

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You Don’t Have To Be Jewish To Love Shabbat Dinner

Thousands of Jerusalem’s non-Jewish tourists pay to enjoy a special meal they can’t find in any restaurant: Friday night dinner in a Jewish home

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The Boys of Auschwitz

How my father, a Holocaust survivor, found beauty in a soccer match

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Codes of Conduct

This week on Unorthodox: bagel etiquette, Bethany Mandel on her Convert Bill of Rights, and writer Rand Cooper’s ‘Jewdar’ query

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Border Crossings

I didn’t truly appreciate the sense of security that citizenship can provide until I became an immigrant myself as an adult

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A Year of Firsts

An audio portrait of Luzer Twersky, just after he quit his life as a Hasid, and long before he played one in films

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Talmud: God Studies Torah, Too

From a single biblical verse about divorce is spun an edifice of legal wrangling, including a first discussion of what, geographically, constitutes ‘the Land of Israel’

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Bubbe vs. Bubbe

My boyfriend’s proper English grandmother was nothing like the fast-walking, loud-talking grandmother I’d grown up with—or was she?

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The Best of Unorthodox in 2015

Featuring never-before-aired segments and memorable moments with Simon Doonan, Bat Sheva Marcus, Dave Hill, and more

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Now Boarding

For the year’s heaviest week of travel, Israel Story brings tales of love and interrogation at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport

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Tefillin the Love

I don’t know why I chose to observe the ancient ritual, but sometimes to know, you must first do

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Pillars of the Community

As Jews leave Cochin, Muslim neighbors and friends tend to what remains of their heritage in India

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