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Working It

Ep. 216: Live from Phoenix, Rabbis Pinchas Allouche and Shmuly Yanklowitz, and NBA Hall of Famer Paul Westphal

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Jerusalem’s Haredim: Moving on Up

New luxury apartments target the ultra-Orthodox

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Hot Yiddish

Rokhl’s Golden City: Turning the mameloshn into erotic poetry

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Whole Hearted

Ep. 215: The ‘Soon By You’ cast returns, plus cantorial student Jacob Sandler and an unexpected update on an apology story

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Soul Cycles

Ep. 214: Former ‘Christianity Today’ editor Mark Galli on evangelicals in the Trump era, and film critic Jordan Hoffman on the 2020 Academy Awards

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Trees Grow in Brooklyn

Sephardic Jews built a safe haven around Ocean Parkway. Will the recent anti-Semitic attacks threaten our sense of safety?

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Knowing, Doing, and Being

Ep. 213: Analyzing the Jewish presidential candidates, plus interviews with Hebrew Union College President Andrew Rehfeld, and Ed Gaskin, a Christian who started attending Shabbat services in solidarity with the Jewish community

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Cut Gems

How Jews brought diamonds from South Africa to Amsterdam to midtown Manhattan

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Speak Your Mind

Ep. 212: ‘I Wanted Fries With That’ author Amy Fish on how to complain more effectively, and Carolyn Karcher on ‘Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism’

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World of Our Fathers

Rokhl’s Golden City: Two memoirs grapple with Yiddish history through the lens of fatherhood

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All in the Family

Ep. 211: Transgender Torah teacher Yiscah Smith, Israel’s Consul General in New York Dani Dayan, and feminist scholar Carol Gilligan

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Tales of Hoffman

Rokhl’s Golden City: The man behind the first Yiddish Fest

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Back From the Dead

After an amazing feat of genealogy, a Holocaust survivor tells Yad Vashem he’s alive after all

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Keep Calm and Carry On

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.

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Best Food Forward

Ep. 210: Adam Kirsch on seven years of daily ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud reading, and ‘Your Last Meal’ podcast host Rachel Belle

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The Rise of Men’s Clubs

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

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Christmas in Colorado

Ep. 209: Hazon Denver director Sue Salinger, former Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston, plus a special musical tribute to Leonard Cohen

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Getting Randy for Christmas

Musical satirist Randy Rainbow gained a following with his politically oriented videos. Now this self-proclaimed ‘bad Jew’ is taking on Santa.

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Bringing Biblical Plants Back to Israel

Frankincense and myrrh, best known as part of the Christmas story, are part of a botanical revival aimed at restoring lost species of plants

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The Essence of Khanike

Rokhl’s Golden City: A time for arguments over latkes and unrestricted gambling

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Hanukkah Helper 

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

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We Share the Same Sky

Rachael Cerrotti’s 10-year-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s steps during, and in the wake of, WWII—through ‘storytelling sessions’

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Tradition and Myth

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

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Searching for Leonard Cohen

And finding him—in Vilnius

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Choosing Life

After giving birth to a stillborn baby, finding comfort in Jewish ritual and scripture

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‘Achi’

A wild journey led two Orthodox brothers from the Bronx to a new life, a new homeland, a new lord, and—above all—each other

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Prep-ing for Hanukkah

Ep. 206: Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan on preppy style and drag culture; Molly Yeh on her Hanukkah Food Network special; and One Day University’s Steven Schragis

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Yiddish Kidlit

Rokhl’s Golden City: The revolution that belatedly gave birth to children’s books in Yiddish

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The End of ‘Sh’ma’

The plucky Jewish magazine’s 50-year history leaves a wealth of stories worth revisiting

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The War of the Curls

In Israel, female politicians, models, and celebrities are pressured to straighten their hair. But a curly haired rebellion is taking root.

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