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Portraits of the Artists

At the height of the AIDS epidemic, photographer Robert Giard captured a generation of gay and lesbian writers, many of them Jewish

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The Marrying Kind

It took a long time to meet my bashert. But at 67, I’m ready to stand under the chuppah.

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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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When It Comes to Food, L.A. Is Tel Aviv on the Pacific

In California, Middle Eastern food is having a day in the sun

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Archaeology Without Ruins

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ ancient Talmudic rabbis look for the First and Second Temples without stones or relics to guide them

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Jewish Marriage 101

‘Kallah classes’ have long taught women the basics of Jewish marital etiquette, from the mikveh to the kitchen to the birds and the bees

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Welcome the Stranger

In Pittsburgh, Jewish immigration agencies are helping to resettle refugees from around the world

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Mixtape Part IV: War, Peace, and Bumper Stickers

In our season finale, we explore two songs that—perhaps more than any others—capture the complex and intermingled nature of Israeli society: a military band’s hit that, in its afterlife, became an anthem for peace, and a rap tune penned by the country’s leading novelist

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All That Jazz

A new documentary explores the Jewish origins of Blue Note Records, but evades some tough questions

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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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Get Well Soon

Synagogues finally tackle mental health

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Mapping the Temple

Daf Yomi: Talmudic rabbis, as distant from the original animal sacrifices as we are from the Civil War, try to piece together a layout that matches the Torah

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Growing Older—With an Emphasis on ‘Growing’

At home and at work, baby-boomer Jewish women are redefining what it means to be a grandmother

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Mixtape Part III: Eastward Bound

In a music scene dominated by Ashkenazi culture, Mizrahi singers had to patiently pave their way to the Israeli mainstream one song at a time. In Part III of our miniseries, we meet two Yemenite trailblazers, who took very different approaches to their heritage.

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Saying Goodbye to Bacon

Deciding to keep kosher really meant grappling with one meaty addiction

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The Hebrew Bible’s Christian Students

In Israel, non-Jews take a growing interest in studying Tanakh—with Jewish teachers

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A Meal on Six Legs

The world’s first commercial grasshopper farm hopes to put insects on your menu. Don’t worry—they’re kosher.

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Myth and Meaning

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the ancient rabbis take personal ownership of their Torah interpretations, as they map the spaces that separate the holy from the mundane

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Mixtape Part II: Iron and Gold

We continue our musical journey through the intricacies of Israeli society. And this time we explore a song that, ever since the dramatic month that forever changed Israeli history, has become the soundtrack of the country: ‘Jerusalem of Gold.’

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Say No to ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’

The graduation season staple promotes a solipsistic worldview anathema to Judaism

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Becoming a Grandmother

Growing up in a community of Holocaust survivors and their children in Melbourne, Australia, I didn’t know many grandparents. So now that I’ve got grandchildren of my own, I’ve had to figure out for myself exactly what being a grandmother means.

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Irving Berlin for Kids

A century after ‘God Bless America,’ three picture books celebrate the composer

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Mixtape Part I: Our Hope?

We begin a four-part musical journey through anthems, songs of yearning, of war, and of peace, and hear the stories behind some of Israel’s most iconic tunes. In the first part of the miniseries—the national anthem.

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The G.I. Bill and America’s Social Revolution

By offering veterans free college educations, the landmark 1944 legislation offered unprecedented upward mobility for many—but not all

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The Last Things He Saw

Chasing the ghosts of my uncle, who was killed in action in Normandy during WWII

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A Jewish World of Infinite Possibility

Looking back at 50 years of Havurat Shalom, one of the longest-lasting creations of the havurah movement

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Whither Thou Goest

Ruth the Moabite said she’d follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, anywhere, making her an enduring symbol of loyalty, faith, and determination. Just in time for Shavuot, when the Book of Ruth is read, we present three modern-day Ruth stories.

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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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Vegans Give Shavuot a New Taste

In Israel, growing numbers of people are avoiding dairy—the basis for many of the holiday’s famous recipes. So chefs are creating new recipes that everyone can enjoy.

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Blood of the Soul

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study continues to explore the real—and hypothetical—practicalities of ritual animal sacrifice

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