Rokhl’s Golden City: Two memoirs grapple with Yiddish history through the lens of fatherhood
You can tell your story—even if it doesn’t have a happy ending
Ep. 211: Transgender Torah teacher Yiscah Smith, Israel’s Consul General in New York Dani Dayan, and feminist scholar Carol Gilligan
My niece Shirley’s big day was a spark of light in the darkness
Zionist scholars are battling the religious left for the Hasidic legacy
New restaurants across the U.S. and Europe bring Middle Eastern menus to travelers and locals alike
A new kind of spiritual community blossoms
What I took as a literary critic from the rich humanist landscape of page-a-day Talmud study. And a farewell.
Rokhl’s Golden City: The man behind the first Yiddish Fest
After an amazing feat of genealogy, a Holocaust survivor tells Yad Vashem he’s alive after all
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.
Ep. 210: Adam Kirsch on seven years of daily ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud reading, and ‘Your Last Meal’ podcast host Rachel Belle
What one Reform rabbi learned from completing the seven-and-a-half year cycle of ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study
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
Israeli cuisine finds fans in the Polish capital. But can traditional Ashkenazi cuisine return to the place where it once flourished?
Ep. 209: Hazon Denver director Sue Salinger, former Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston, plus a special musical tribute to Leonard Cohen
Musical satirist Randy Rainbow gained a following with his politically oriented videos. Now this self-proclaimed ‘bad Jew’ is taking on Santa.
Frankincense and myrrh, best known as part of the Christmas story, are part of a botanical revival aimed at restoring lost species of plants
Rokhl’s Golden City: A time for arguments over latkes and unrestricted gambling
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
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
Rabbi Moshe has created an Indiana synagogue with 100 of his converts. Will other Jews accept them?
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.
Rachael Cerrotti’s 10-year-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s steps during, and in the wake of, WWII—through ‘storytelling sessions’
People say the darnedest things to us converts. Please stop.
Exploring the health benefits of fermented foods
This year’s list features culinary espionage, dragons, and a purse shaped like a french-fry takeout box
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
And finding him—in Vilnius
A ceviche recipe fresh from the Mediterranean—with a few adjustments so you can make it anywhere