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In the Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, Zionism Is Alive in a Highball

A night at the Imperial Craft, Tel Aviv’s coolest bar

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When Shabbes Is the Longest Day

If I wanted my daughter to learn to love the Sabbath, I had to bend my own rules just a little

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For the Love of Pickles

In the heat of summer, nothing is as refreshing as a cold pickle. Just ask my kids.

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Do Torah Scholars Have the Right Not To Be Drafted by the Government?

In rabbinic Judaism, learning replaces noble birth as a source of power and status—including the power to avoid state responsibility

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How Summer Camps Should—and Shouldn’t—Observe Tisha B’Av

Stop setting things on fire and traumatizing campers. There are better and more meaningful ways to mark the holiday.

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The Talmud as a Jewish ‘Canterbury Tales’ of Earthy, Ribald Moral Inquiry

Along with other questions of mind and body, this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ is also a field guide to Talmudic-era cuisine

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What’s in My Daughter’s Name?

I wanted my baby girl’s name to carry on a family tradition but embrace defiance, too

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An Ode to Tel Aviv, Long Lost Lover

All this time, I thought I was the sophisticated one who left behind a dusty, provincial town. I had it all backwards.

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Baring Myself in the Mikveh

Converting to Judaism didn’t only change how I felt spiritually. It changed how I felt about my body.

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Mourning the Mother Who Left Me Behind

I sat ‘shiva.’ I said ‘Kaddish.’ Then I saw a Broadway musical.

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What’s Mine Is Mine and What’s Yours Is Mine, Too

Giving, taking, owning, donating, and other elements of property law, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’

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Is Going off Seamless the 21st-Century Version of Keeping Kosher?

A buggy new redesign led one ardent fan of the food-delivery app to grow more mindful of his relationship with his meals

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Jewish Chefs Bring Their Culinary Heritage Into the Kitchen

At restaurants around the country, Jewish flavors and recipes are reshaping what’s on the menu

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Is It Fair To Charge Fees for Religious Education?

This week’s Talmudic debate is centered on the perceived and real benefits of study, teaching, and sacrifice

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The Hasidic Witch Doctor’s Chinese-Herb Menopause Cure

How an NPR Middle East correspondent got over her skepticism and had more babies

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Patents … There’s a Great Future in Patents.

The Patent Office is a repository of Jewish innovation, from the baseball cap-cum-yarmulke to the KosherSwitch

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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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