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How I (Finally) Learned To Drive

It took more than 20 years and 500 driving lessons—and some prayer—before I got comfortable behind the wheel

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Going Back to School? Here’s How To Fight the Israel Haters

A three-point guide to blocking out BDS, SJP, and other evils on campus

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Israel’s Best Street Food

Where to find the country’s top cheap eats, from sabich to burekas, fricassee to baguettes—and, yes, hummus and falafel

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The Forbidden Food

In this excerpt from his new memoir ‘High Holiday Porn,’ Eytan Bayme remembers tasting something he’d never tried before

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Walden, Revisited

For a century, it’s been a camp for (mostly) Jewish girls—but not a Jewish camp

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They Made It Out of Gay

The father of Jewish ‘gay reparative therapy’ had some even worse ideas for making a buck

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How To Make Stuffed Grape Leaves, an Ancient Treat That Crosses Borders

Video: With a splash of lemon juice and a blend of cinnamon, cardamom, and currants, this Armenian recipe is perfect for summer

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Let Freedom Bling

Why do I wear a Jewish star on my necklace? Because in other places, people can’t.

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Inspiration in the Form of an Empty Freezer

Baking my grandmother’s rugelach helps me hold on to her—and pass on her memory to the next generation

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The Market Maven

‘The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen’ author Amelia Saltsman quite simply is the Santa Monica Farmers Market

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Can Science Save Our Souls?

From genetically engineering a holy cow to hacking the brain to override free will, theology and technology are intersecting in interesting ways

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News Your Kids Can Use

In the wake of Jon Stewart’s departure, how do we build news-savvy, politically engaged teenagers?

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The Jewish Legal Basis for Male Dominion Over Vows by Women? It’s in the Bible.

Bridging the abstract simplicity of divine pronouncements to the practical mess of everyday life

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Surfing the Way to More Stable Lives

Oran Bendelstein is exporting his love of shredding—and counting on it to keep at-risk teenagers afloat

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The Arab Was Named Voltaire

In the Israeli village of Neve Shalom, an unusual group of Jews and Arabs try to live together peacefully. It works, mostly.

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Matzo Ball Soup—and Hold the Eggs

If you want to make matzo balls, you’ve got to break some eggs. Right? Wrong.

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The Talmud’s Guide to Jewish Feminine Beauty

The ancient text takes up the problem of ‘new circumstances’ in maintaining vows, and in so doing stumbles on what makes women attractive

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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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