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Fifty Years of ‘Sesame Street’

The kids’ show, with its many Jewish connections, celebrates a milestone

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Emission Standards

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study explores the origins of sexual puritanism in the faith: why Jewish men can’t touch themselves even while urinating, how erections lead to idol worship, and how masturbation delays the arrival of the Messiah

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Philadelphia Shel Zahav

Ep. 204: A visit to Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Israeli restaurant, and a look at Parsha in Progress with Abigail Pogrebin

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Can the U.S. Flip Iran’s Internet Back On?

Iran’s government effectively shut down the country’s internet to repress a popular protest movement. But how long can that last?

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How Boomers Ruined American Judaism

And whether the damage can be undone

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Israel’s Rights in the West Bank Under International Law

Understanding law and justice in the world’s most disputed territories

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‘Lamed Vav.’ Google It.

Finally, a potboiler religious action-thriller novel built around an ancient Jewish mystery, in Steven Pressfield’s ‘36 Righteous Men’

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The Godfather

How the mafia film came to supplant the Hollywood Western as Oval Office favorite and symbol of American power

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How Mike Nichols Met Elaine May

In an excerpt from the oral history ‘Life Isn’t Everything,’ the late actor and film director is taken by the only other person on campus who was as hostile as he was