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The Jewish Woman Who Invented Recycling

Salvaging rags, scrap metal, and discarded junk, Jewish immigrants helped create a whole industry

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The 200th Episode

Jodi Kantor on ‘She Said’ and breaking the Harvey Weinstein story, and Peter Pomerantsev on disinformation and democracy

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A Synagogue’s Second Act

Around the country, shuls facing declining attendance are being converted into museums and cultural centers

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Ends With Benefits

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study debates the right way to use consecrated Temple leftovers without crossing holy lines

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The Magic of an ‘Etrog’

Rokhl’s Golden City: How a strange fruit inspired Yiddish writers

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Learning Hebrew—at Last

Without knowing the language, there was no way to fully participate in my community—not in the way I wanted to

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Going Viral

Ep. 199: Live from San Francisco with Bari Weiss, author of ‘How to Fight Anti-Semitism,’ and Andrew Marantz, who covers online extremism for ‘The New Yorker’

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Explosive Confession: A Yom Kippur Special

Repentance, prayer, and charity, we are told, are our saving graces when Yom Kippur comes around. And, of course, confession is a big part of that trifecta. But do we still get the coveted brownie points if that confession took 30 years?

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How I Learned to Fast

As my religious practice has shifted, I’ve finally come to understand what Yom Kippur means to me

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Mourning an Abusive Parent

How could I honor my father’s memory without denying how I felt about him? A ‘Yizkor’ prayer helped me find a way.

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The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia

Ep. 198: Celebrating the publication of our new book with help from some famous friends

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Yom Kippur in Germany—Captured in an American Author’s Lost Novel

Published in 1860, Cora Wilburn’s groundbreaking book ‘Cosella Wayne’ was recently rediscovered by historian Jonathan D. Sarna, and is coming back into print

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Sacrificial Ram

Sacred meat, slaughtered animals, and blood on the altar, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study

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Dear God: a Rosh Hashanah Special

The Jewish New Year is cleanup time—even at the Kotel

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An Elegy to My ‘Shtiebel’

How I found—and lost—a religious space where I felt inspired

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The Apology Episode, 5780

Ep. 197: Starting the new year with stories of apology, forgiveness, and reckoning, featuring Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Neshama Carlebach, Marjorie Ingall, Lauren Mechling, Emily Stone, and our listeners

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Paul Robeson Goes to Summer Camp

Rokhl’s Golden City: Remembering the legendary singer’s summer at Camp Kinderland

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A Binding Legacy

How the arc of my father’s life led me to study the story of Isaac

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Outside for the Holidays

Reconnecting with nature on Rosh Hashanah

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Tying a Talmudic Knot

What my father and I learned by studying Talmud—and each other

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The One With the Instagram Rabbis

Ep. 196: Modern Ritual’s Samantha Frank and Rena Singer, Saul Austerlitz on ‘Friends,’ and Wesleyan President Michael Roth

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A Sweet Treat for the Holidays

With a sugary, crunchy topping, this noodle kugel could be a dessert as well as a side dish

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The High Holiday Dilemma

How interfaith couples navigate the Jewish holidays

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A New Spin on Traditional German Clothes

Can Jews really reclaim dirndls and lederhosen, once closely associated with Nazis?

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Captive Among the Gentiles

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study suggests contemporary secular Jews have a lot to atone for

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Love and Prizes

Ep. 195: Israeli writer Etgar Keret and Presbyterian Pastor Henry G. Brinton

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An Illuminating Obituary for a Yiddish Giant

Rokhl’s Golden City: When YIVO co-founder Max Weinreich died 50 years ago, one newspaper’s reminiscence revealed the splits in the Yiddish world

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The Wall—Part IV: This Wall Is My Wall

In its final installment, our ‘Wall’ series comes full circle, back to where we began: the Kotel, where we’ll meet Jews who—in the name of their Judaism—have set off on a lifelong crusade

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Living the ‘Goods Life’

Appliances. Electronics. Television sets. New Cars. How corporations marketed to Jewish consumers, and how those new creature comforts divided the community.

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What My Kippah Means to Me

As a butch lesbian, wearing a yarmulke connects me to my people—and to myself

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