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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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A History of Silence

The story behind the AIDS crisis’ most iconic poster

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Breaking Bread

Ep. 205: Live from Detroit with Jackie Victor of Avalon International Breads and Phil Goldsmith of New York Bagel, plus a pilgrimage to Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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The Birth of Tradition

The story of three women behind a hugely popular Jewish board game

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Giving Thanks in America

How Jewish immigrants showed love for their new country

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Philadelphia Shel Zahav

Ep. 204: A visit to Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Israeli restaurant, and a look at Parsha in Progress with Abigail Pogrebin

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Buried Treasure

Rokhl’s Golden City: Rokhl Oyerbakh belatedly gains recognition for uncovering the truth about life in the Warsaw Ghetto

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By the Rivers of Babylon

A century ago, close to one-third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Today, just five Jews remain. We explore the story of Jews in Iraq, from Nahum the prophet to a Jerusalemite grandmother who became the unlikely champion of kidnapped Yazidi girls.

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