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Finding Your Truth

Ep. 189: ‘Born Perfect’ conversion therapy activist Mathew Shurka and Nerdette podcast host Greta Johnsen

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Lessons for Living From the Burial Society

What a ‘death midwife’ has learned from the dead and dying

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Challah Is Not the Only Bread

Ethiopian Jews eat loaves of ‘defo dabo’ for Shabbat

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A New Kibbutz Vacation

Israel’s kibbutzim are drawing a new generation of tourists, by offering everything from eco retreats to coworking spaces

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Neither Less Than X nor More Than Y

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ minima and maxima decorate the memory palaces Talmudic rabbis built to sustain the oral tradition of Babylonian learning

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Live From Queens

Ep. 188: FiveThirtyEight politics writer Clare Malone and Fiasco host Leon Neyfakh

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The Psychology Behind Yiddish Literature

Rokhl’s Golden City: How trauma informed Blume Lempel’s stories

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How Sweden Became the Epicenter of Yiddish Children’s Media

Kids’ books, cartoons, and music videos keep the mameloshn alive in an unexpected place

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The Sweetness of Sour Cherries

A summery bowl of soup reminds us that some things are worth the wait

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How Much Is a Jewish Life Worth?

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic sages make ‘valuations’ and ‘assessments’ of living people, in ancient actuarial tables with premiums paid at the Temple

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Another Summer of Love

A half-century after its founding, the pioneering all-women rock band Ace of Cups is back—with a Jewish grandma leading the way

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Jews Across America, 2019

Ep. 187: Jewish dog-sledder Blair Braverman, plus Houston’s Jewish archivist, Santa Fe’s British rabbi, a former South Dakota state senator, and more

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The Wall—Part I: Operation Hulda

To kick off our new season, we begin a four-part series about some of Israel’s most famous walls with a roller coaster of a mystery. It begins with Israeli paratroopers liberating the Kotel, continues with a symbolic midwar birth, and ends up going in the most surprising direction imaginable.

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Loving and Losing an Addict

With his death, he ruined love. That’s the one thing I let myself be angry with him for.

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In the Swim

Jewish visionaries helped create New York City’s public pools

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The Hummus Bible

A new coffee table book takes readers on the trail of the magical chickpea, across the Middle East

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The Untold Story of Ameinu

In 1986—before gay rabbis could be ordained, before same-sex marriages were performed in synagogues—a group of LGBT rabbis and Jewish professionals gathered in secret to offer each other support and strategize

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Once on This Island

After centuries of Jewish life in Barbados, the historic synagogue is beautifully restored—but the community itself faces an uncertain future

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Putting the Pieces Together

Since I came out as transgender, I’ve never felt more Jewish

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Speaking Camp Hebrew

Jewish summer camps offer kids a unique linguistic landscape

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Running the Stage

Ep. 186: Theater legend Joel Grey on directing ‘Fiddler’ in Yiddish, and sportswriter Matthew Futterman on the revolution in running

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Queer Yiddishkeit

Rokhl’s Golden City: Finding a home in Yiddishland while challenging the status quo

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A Journey to Judaism on Pointe

Boysie Dikobe, a South African-born dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, prepares for his conversion—when he’s not performing in drag

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Friday Night Fever

Sundays, I am a Unitarian. But now I realize that I am always a Jew.

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The Price of a Firstborn

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the biblical redemption of a woman’s eldest opens logical byways into cesarean sections, stillbirths, and when Jewish life begins

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To Beet or Not to Beet?

Remembering my dad through one of his favorite foods: borscht

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Who You Gonna Call?

Episode 185: Celebrating Father’s Day with ‘Ghostbuster’s Daughter’ author Violet Ramis Stiel and City Dads Group co-founder Matt Schneider

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The Healing Power of Jokes

Jews understand why humor really is the best medicine

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No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Steak

Lab-grown meat has the potential to address issues from climate change to animal welfare. But is it kosher?

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How Confirmation Came of Age

This resolutely modern ceremony held around Shavuot blossomed in America

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