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The Yemenite Giant and the Death of Stalin

How the demise of the Soviet dictator changed the history of basketball in Israel and gave my father’s famed jump shot an unexpected role in Cold War politics

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Lessons From Sodom and Gomorrah

What happened in the ancient cities that drew the wrath of God?

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Jenny Slate’s Intimate Stand-up

A new comedy special speaks directly to Jewish women

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Menstrual Camps

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, ancient rabbis take sides on how to deal with uncertainty when it comes to ritual impurity in women

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Bolsheviks and Bundists

Rokhl’s Golden City: Confronting anti-Semitism during the Russian Revolution

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Unorthodox Unedited: Two Jews, Infinite Opinions

Liel Leibovitz and author and teacher Jay Michaelson discuss faith, politics, and life in this unedited conversation

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The Cross and the ‘Mechitza’: Thoughts on Ritual Pluralism

What must Orthodox Jews give up to share prayer space with the non-Orthodox—and vice versa?

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A Fraternity of Silence

One man’s fight to uncover the history of anti-Semitism at America’s dental schools

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On the Rolled Beef Trail

The quest for a forgotten deli delicacy led me from Tucson to Buffalo to New York City

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To Germany With … Love?

How I learned that there’s more to the country than I’d been raised to believe

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Big Mouths

Ep. 202: Comedian and ‘Big Mouth’ creator Nick Kroll and ‘The Guest Book’ novelist Sarah Blake

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Where Are All the Scary Jewish Children’s Books?

It’s Halloween. Kids want to be scared. And there is a gaping, bloody hole in the canon.

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Jewish Minestrone

Warm up with this traditional Italian recipe for white bean soup—no matzo ball needed

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The Holocaust Book We Need Right Now

‘White Bird,’ a graphic novel for kids, stresses the importance of political resistance—then and now

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To Save a Stranger’s Life

Kidney donations are on the rise among Orthodox Israelis

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The Needle

In May 1960, the Mossad captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, and brought him to stand trial in Jerusalem. Why did the doctor who sedated the Nazi mastermind minimize his role in the saga—and what can that tell us about the legacy of WWII?

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The Birds

‘Daf Yomi’: The Talmud’s shortest and most difficult tractate is nominally about the sacrifice of feathered animals. In fact, it sets up a number of mathematical problems that delight the rabbis in their pursuit of pure knowledge.

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Pittsburgh, One Year Later

Episode 201: Revisiting the Tree of Life massacre, speaking with survivors, and pondering Jewish notions of vengeance

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Yiddish: Not Just for Jews

Rokhl’s Golden City: Why non-Jews are drawn to the language and its culture

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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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