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World of Our Fathers

Rokhl’s Golden City: Two memoirs grapple with Yiddish history through the lens of fatherhood

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Talking About Miscarriage

You can tell your story—even if it doesn’t have a happy ending

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All in the Family

Ep. 211: Transgender Torah teacher Yiscah Smith, Israel’s Consul General in New York Dani Dayan, and feminist scholar Carol Gilligan

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A Bat Mitzvah Miracle

My niece Shirley’s big day was a spark of light in the darkness

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Who Owns the Black Hat?

Zionist scholars are battling the religious left for the Hasidic legacy

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Coming to a Hotel Near You: Israeli Cuisine

New restaurants across the U.S. and Europe bring Middle Eastern menus to travelers and locals alike

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Secular Synagogues Take Root in Israel

A new kind of spiritual community blossoms

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Did ‘Daf Yomi’ Make Me a Better Jew?

What I took as a literary critic from the rich humanist landscape of page-a-day Talmud study. And a farewell.

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Tales of Hoffman

Rokhl’s Golden City: The man behind the first Yiddish Fest

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Back From the Dead

After an amazing feat of genealogy, a Holocaust survivor tells Yad Vashem he’s alive after all

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Keep Calm and Carry On

What does it mean to be ‘in it for the long haul’? In our 50th episode, we explore this question in the context of both creating a podcast and forging a relationship.

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Best Food Forward

Ep. 210: Adam Kirsch on seven years of daily ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud reading, and ‘Your Last Meal’ podcast host Rachel Belle

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One Page at a Time

What one Reform rabbi learned from completing the seven-and-a-half year cycle of ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study

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The Rise of Men’s Clubs

These groups took off in the interwar years, in an effort to reconnect men to their synagogues—but the rhetoric behind the trend sounds startling a century later

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Jewish Food Returns to Warsaw

Israeli cuisine finds fans in the Polish capital. But can traditional Ashkenazi cuisine return to the place where it once flourished?

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Christmas in Colorado

Ep. 209: Hazon Denver director Sue Salinger, former Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston, plus a special musical tribute to Leonard Cohen

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Getting Randy for Christmas

Musical satirist Randy Rainbow gained a following with his politically oriented videos. Now this self-proclaimed ‘bad Jew’ is taking on Santa.

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Bringing Biblical Plants Back to Israel

Frankincense and myrrh, best known as part of the Christmas story, are part of a botanical revival aimed at restoring lost species of plants

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The Essence of Khanike

Rokhl’s Golden City: A time for arguments over latkes and unrestricted gambling

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Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

As the seven-and-a-half-year cycle of page-a-day ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study comes to a close, the ancient rabbis discuss when adolescence ends and compare female sexual maturity to ripening figs

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Hanukkah Helper 

Ep. 208: Clive Owen on playing a Hasidic Jew in ‘The Song of Names,’ plus the film’s composer, Howard Shore, and the real story of Hanukkah

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A Black Convert Saves Judaism in Small-Town Indiana

Rabbi Moshe has created an Indiana synagogue with 100 of his converts. Will other Jews accept them?

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The Darker Side of the Festival of Lights

My first Hanukkah as a single mom looked a little bleak. Since then, I’ve gotten better at showing my kids the joys of the holiday.

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We Share the Same Sky

Rachael Cerrotti’s 10-year-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s steps during, and in the wake of, WWII—through ‘storytelling sessions’

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A Jew Named Christine

People say the darnedest things to us converts. Please stop.

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A Prescription for Sauerkraut

Exploring the health benefits of fermented foods

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2019

This year’s list features culinary espionage, dragons, and a purse shaped like a french-fry takeout box

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Tradition and Myth

Ep. 207: Former Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz on rediscovering Judaism (and helping others do the same); Nordic studies professor Jackson Crawford on bringing Old Norse mythology to YouTube

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Searching for Leonard Cohen

And finding him—in Vilnius

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Raw Deal

A ceviche recipe fresh from the Mediterranean—with a few adjustments so you can make it anywhere

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