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Israeli Kids Living in the U.S. Find a Classroom of Their Own

Synagogue religious schools aren’t always the right fit, and day schools are too expensive. But programs teaching Hebrew language and Israeli culture offer a third option for parents who want to maintain a connection to their families’ roots.

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My Second Bat Mitzvah

I’m not afraid of the bullies anymore

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The Trouble With Tsimmes—and How to Fix It

This stew of root vegetables and dried fruit is a staple of Ashkenazi cooking, but it doesn’t have to be the bland, gloppy mess we’ve come to know

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Finding Meaning in Calligraphy

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, why even the crowns of Hebrew letters matter. Plus: The biblical Moses is relegated to the eighth row of a rabbi’s class, for not understanding the lesson.

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Generations of Atonement

For my mother, a Holocaust survivor, Yom Kippur was wrapped up in remorse, mourning, and suffering. I’ve spent a lifetime rethinking what atonement means to me.

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Remembering the Emmys’ First Best Actress Winner

Gertrude Berg deserves kudos from every fan of comedy and/or powerful women

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My Grandfather’s Yom Kippur Ritual—and Mine

Every year I perform kapores with money, just as he did in his later years. But once, just once, I tried it with a live chicken.

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The Apology Episode: 5779 Edition

Episode 150: A viral video villain repents; a recovered addict’s long road to brotherly redemption; and a look at the year’s best and worst public apologies in time for Yom Kippur

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Where’s My Apology?

It’s the time of year when Jews traditionally apologize … but what if you’re the wronged party?

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Working It

Actor Geoffrey Owens gracefully reminds us that we have too many shouters and swooners but not enough decent people willing to find meaning in an honest job

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Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Opportunities in the New Year

How an economics professor and an 18th-century rabbi helped me make better choices

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Up Your Couscous Game

This Tunisian fish dish is perfect for Rosh Hashanah, or any dinner party

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Unorthodox Turns 3!

Ep. 149: Celebrating our podcast milestone with some of our most memorable segments, plus a farm visit with one of our favorite guests

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The Voices of Women

Summer camp, Sarah McLachlan, and the sound of the shofar

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Rosh Hashanah Behind Bars

What I learned leading High Holiday services at Rikers Island

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Salt Bae

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the rabbis debate the use of the flavor-enhancing mineral in sacrificial offerings. Plus: Why wood needs to be sprinkled with salt before it is burned—over wood.

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The Son, the King, and the Corrupt Torah

A little-known parable from 1930 gives us a new way of hearing the shofar

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A Leap of ‘Faith’

Taking on the New Atheists, Scott Shay’s new book sparks a conversation about the existence of God

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Esau and the Knicks

As a New York fan sells his allegiance to the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s time to reconsider the Bible’s greatest unsung hero

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A History of Jewish Day Schools

Once demonized as the community embraced public schools, they eventually came into their own by teaching ‘Judaism and Americanism’ side by side

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A Taste of Morocco for the New Year

This Rosh Hashanah, try an aromatic fish dish instead of the same old brisket

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On the One Hand

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the rabbis search the mists of time to try to recover which hand is to be used in the rituals of sacrifice and offering

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The Young Women of Mah-Jongg

How I found culture and community playing the game my mother—and grandmother—loved

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Visiting Colleges, Filled With Ambivalence

A Midwest road trip makes a mother ponder independence, parenting, and Jewishness

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The Jewish Side of Cystic Fibrosis

Ashkenazi Jews are particularly susceptible to a genetic mutation that causes the disease—and that mutation is particularly difficult to treat

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Let’s Talk About Death

Through podcasts, books, and even dinner parties, millennials are exploring their feelings about the end of life. Now, please pass the potatoes.

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The Talmud as Rube Goldberg Machine of the Mind

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ one rabbi finds a way out of a complex problem with meal offerings other rabbis created

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Finding Family History in Synagogue

A tour of the Lower East Side’s historic shuls brought me closer to my father

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Summer Camp as Promised Land

The spirit of Judaism is thriving by the ga-ga pit

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