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The Ashkenazi Version of Mac and Cheese

While holiday and Shabbat specialties fill Jewish cookbooks, we often forget the pleasures of seemingly ordinary, everyday food—like egg noodles with cottage cheese

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In the Talmud, Size Matters

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ helps Jews swear in disputes of the kind they might encounter in small claims court. Plus: if an oath must be taken in the name of God, can the literal name be spoken? And is Abraham’s penis a sacred object?

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The Enduring Relevance of ‘Broadcast News’

Thirty years after its release, the movie’s shoulder pads and videotapes look dated—but the issues it tackles remain as timely as ever

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Breads That Turn Heads

Gluten-free? Marzipan? Tomato and basil? Rainbow? Challah bakers are taking the Friday-night staple to new places.

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Tel Aviv Loses Its Iconic Restaurant

Farewell to Orna and Ella, an oasis of sanity soon to shut down

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Song of Songs

Episode 119: West Virginia Rabbi Joseph Hample and musicians David Chevan and Warren Byrd of the Afro-Semitic Experience

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Sworn Testimony

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, how a flying duck aimed at a judge gets the ancient sages out of a moral and intellectual bind

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A Forgotten Gay Jewish Pioneer Rises Again

Activist Leo Skir wove together his identities in a groundbreaking essay more than 50 years ago

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The Wedding We Never Thought We’d Have

After nine years together, we got married. But we could only accept tradition after we grappled with it.

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Israel Grows a Beard

They’re not just for Hasidim and scruffy kibbutzniks anymore

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Dear Unorthodox

Ep. 118: Our hosts respond to listener questions on everything from tin foil to conversion homework

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What Pixar Movies Can Teach Us About Death and Loss

Coco offers a grown-up depiction of mourning

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The Man Who Made Jewish History in Canada—Twice—and Was Then Forgotten

George Benjamin broke barriers as an elected official, newspaper editor, and leader of a Protestant organization

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King of the Hill

From Tell El-Ful, an abandoned hilltop in East Jerusalem, you can see all the way from Amman to Tel Aviv, from Jerusalem to Ramallah. Its history stretches from the biblical King Saul to the bearded King Hussein, and includes tales of raped concubines, the Six-Day War, and pot-smoking teenagers.

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The Art of Christmas Avoidance

Only in Jerusalem do I feel secure enough as a Jew to enjoy the holiday

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The Nose Job Episode

Ep. 117: Looking at rhinoplasty from every angle: Jewish, feminist, historical, and more!

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Going South for the Winter

How Florida became home to Jewish snowbirds

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Rethinking Infidelity

‘This thing has existed since marriage was invented,’ says Esther Perel, author of The State of Affairs

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The Letter of the Law

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ how a badly educated Jew might be able to complete a sex act with an ‘impure’ woman and not be sinful while a Talmud scholar could not

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Gelt Trip

Ep. 116: Ringing in Hanukkah with writer Jordana Horn Gordon and religion scholar Reza Aslan

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A Place for the Disabled: on Stage and Screen

Jewish organizations are at the forefront of the battle for greater inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly in the performing arts

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The Order of Things

The reasoning behind the Talmud’s categories and sub-categories isn’t always apparent. In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the Talmud wonders about its own organization.

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Fry Up Something New for Hanukkah

Go beyond latkes to a whole world of fritters for the holiday

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Hanger Management

Ep. 115: Mark Bittman’s new cookbook and ‘By the Book’ podcast host Kristen Meinzer on embracing self-help books

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017

Let the last-minute Hanukkah shopping commence!

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A Twist on the Traditional Latke

These aren’t your grandmother’s potato pancakes

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The Taste of My Grandfather’s Youth

How I learned to make ‘foul medemes,’ a fava bean-based dish he ate growing up in Cairo

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The Best WWII Children’s Museum You’ve Never Heard Of

Amsterdam’s Dutch Resistance Museum Junior offers spectacular interactive education

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Farewell to Miki Gurdus, Israel’s National Listener

With a powerful shortwave radio and a battery of TV screens, he broke national news long before the internet, scooping everything from the Entebbe raid to the first Gulf War

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The Diary of the Italian Resistance

Emanuele Artom, a young scholar from Turin, could have become one of the greatest Jewish chroniclers of WWII. He didn’t survive. But his diaries did.

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