Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz. You can listen to individual episodes here or subscribe on iTunes. Don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter! (Yep, it's different to the Tablet newsletter.)
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Ask Unorthodox: Carded! Wait, When Did Jews Start Sending New Year’s Cards for Rosh Hashanah?

The Rosh Hashanah holiday card—where did it come from and are you supposed to send one?

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Keeping the Faith

Ep. 147: A Franciscan sister’s first Shabbat dinner; Unorthodox marriage counseling; and a Christian scholar among Jews

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Ask Unorthodox: What Should I Do With My Nazi Memorabilia?

When it comes to Nazi memorabilia and other troubling trinkets, it’s all about how they were obtained.

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Call Us by Your Name

Ep. 146: Novelist André Aciman on life after his much-discussed film adaptation, and journalist Kevin Begos on why we should be drinking ancient Israeli wine

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If I Were a Fiddler

Ep. 145: To celebrate a new all-Yiddish production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ we take a look at the play’s enduring cultural significance, and talk to the actors about learning Yiddish for their roles

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The JAP Show–Live

Ep. 144: Discussing and debating the Jewish American Princess stereotype with Odd Mom Out’s Jill Kargman, Broadway legend Tovah Feldshuh, and Jewish Women’s Archive director Judith Rosenbaum at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

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Ask Unorthodox: I’m a Catholic-Raised Atheist Who Feels Deeply Jewish. Should I convert? Would I Be Accepted?

After years spent pining for some yiddishkeit, one woman contemplates a big decision

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The One With the Mitzvah Tank

Ep. 143: We hit the streets of New York City with Chabad and ask strangers: ‘Excuse me, are you Jewish?’

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Jews Across America

Ep. 142: In honor of July 4th, we’re celebrating the diversity of American Jewish life with stories from Oklahoma, Maine, Colorado, and beyond

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Losing It

Ep. 141: JCC Krakow director Jonathan Ornstein on rebuilding Jewish life in Poland; Modern Loss founders Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer on what not to send to someone in mourning

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‘Girl Meets Farm’ Is the Food Network Show You Should Be Watching

Food blogger and cookbook author Molly Yeh makes recipes inspired by her Chinese and Jewish heritage, and life on a Midwestern farm

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Ask Unorthodox: What Should I Call Really Religious Jews?

Just don’t say ‘ultra’…

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Roots and Boots

Ep. 140: Jewish food historian Michael Twitty, ‘Soccer Style’ author Simon Doonan, and Molly Yeh on her new Food Network show, ‘Girl Meets Farm’

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Is It OK to Say ‘JAP’?

A short film from the Unorthodox podcast examines the Jewish American Princess stereotype and the thorny questions of language and ownership. Join us July 18 in NYC for a live forum on the topic, featuring Odd Mom Out’s Jill Kargman.

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Kung Fu Naches

Ep. 139: Bruce Lee biographer Matthew Polly on the martial-arts legend’s Jewish ancestry, Orthodox Rabbi Mike Moskowitz on becoming a scholar in residence at the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue, and more

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Ask Unorthodox: What to Do About That Mezuzah?

When Jews move out, do their sacred scrolls move, too?

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People of the Book

Episode 138: Ruby Namdar on his newly translated novel, The Ruined House, and writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner on what Philip Roth taught her about being an American Jew

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Unorthodox Remembers Philip Roth

Talking about the author’s place in the Jewish literary canon, and visiting his childhood neighborhood in New Jersey

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Ask Unorthodox: Why Do Jews Interrupt Each Other So Much?

And are New Yorkers really more rude than other Americans?

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Telling Truths

Ep. 137: Yossi Klein Halevi’s ‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,’ New York Times political reporter Astead Herndon

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Ask Unorthodox: Should I Change My Name?

Should it be Green or Grunfeld? And is Mottl better than Mark?

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The Conversion Episode

Ep. 136: In honor of Shavuot, stories from people around the globe who have chosen to be Jewish

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Ask Unorthodox: What Do People Get Wrong About Judaism?

When even the most well-intentioned people don’t seem to know much about Judaism or Jewish history

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Motherhood, Burgers, and Bacon

Episode 135: Peninah Lamm Kaplansky on infertility and miscarriage in the Jewish community, Sister Julia Walsh on giving up motherhood for the church, and the granddaughter-grandmother duo behind the new documentary ‘Wendy’s Shabbat’

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Ask Unorthodox: What’s the Perfect Jewish History Book?

A perplexed Jew looking for a guide that’s not too dense and not too flimsy. We asked the experts, and put together the perfect reading list.

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Checks and Balances

Ep. 134: Sen. Joe Lieberman on life after politics, and Skyler Inman on podcasting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Ask Unorthodox: Not Without My Daughter

A former Jew who found Christ but misses the old religion wonders how to give his kid the warm Yiddishkeit he himself had once enjoyed

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