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The Rabbi and the Revolutionary

Ep. 203: Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari, live from Stamford, Connecticut

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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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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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Big Mouths

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

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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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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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The Magic of an ‘Etrog’

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

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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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The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia

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

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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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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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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 New Spin on Traditional German Clothes

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

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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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The Tide Turns for Tel Aviv’s Beach Promenade

A new look and string of trendy businesses draw locals and tourists alike

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Sababa Secrets

Ep. 194: Adeena Sussman’s new Israeli cookbook; Dani Shapiro’s memoir on family and identity

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Let’s Stay Together

Episode 193: Actress Michaela Watkins; historian Pamela Nadell on America’s Jewish women

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The ‘Mother’ of Yiddish Literature

Rokhl’s Golden City: A new set of English translations brings Jacob Dinezon’s books to new readers, 100 years after his death

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Changing With the Neighborhood

A century ago, the Educational Alliance was educating a generation of Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side. Today, it’s serving a largely Hispanic and Chinese community—but holding on to its core Jewish values.

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