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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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The Conversion Episode, 2019

Ep. 184: In honor of Shavuot, stories of Jewish conversion from Chicago to Alabama and beyond

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Summertime and the Yiddish Is Easy

Rokhl’s Golden City: Why I’m skipping the beach to spend the season studying

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Light and Sweet

The specific recipe varies from region to region, but rice pudding is an essential Sephardic dessert—and one that’s perfectly suited to Shavuot

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Haredim in Caps and Gowns

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox, men and women alike, are making new inroads in universities

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Trapped in the Annex

Enough with the children’s books about Anne Frank!

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Shalom Chaver!

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, how Jewish conceptions of friendship and trust are tied up in ritual purity and levels of religious observance

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The Book of Schmutz

Ep. 183: Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof’s Jackie Hoffman and Motl Didner, and Australian punk rocker-turned-novelist Bram Presser

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Never Too Late

Twenty residents of senior-living communities in Massachusetts prove that bat mitzvahs aren’t just for 13-year-olds

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The Lost Dakota Fighters of Israel’s War of Independence

The untold story of how a group of Jewish WWII veterans met tragic ends in Israel’s early days

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When Does Human Life Begin?

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study happens to pit contemporary abortion law against Jewish views of conception and viability in all animals

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The Joy of Downsizing

After decades of uneasy homeownership, my wife and I moved into a small apartment and discovered that the Sages were right

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Road Tripping

Ep. 182: Children’s book author Judith Viorst on nearing 90 and Louisville-based chef Edward Lee on eating his way across America

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The Gems of Yiddish Cinema

Rokhl’s Golden City: Classic movies you can see on the big screen—and rarer curiosities you should seek out

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Business Booms for Sephardic Food

Women are leading the way as small businesses bring traditional recipes to the commercial marketplace

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How to Make Homemade Lox

It saves money. You can play with different flavors. And it’s easier than you think.

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The Jewification of ‘Tootsie’

The Broadway musical is a lot more Jewish than the movie

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Spies Like Us

Ep. 181: Comedian Pete Holmes and journalist Matti Friedman

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Tel Aviv’s Restaurant Scene Goes Kosher

Israel’s leading chefs are taking the city’s food in a new direction

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Making Perfect Pickles

How my grandfather’s recipe, with a few tweaks, helped me keep a family tradition alive

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Day School Bullies

I was ridiculed and physically abused for being the wrong kind of Jewish boy. As a result, it took decades to come to terms with my identity.

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