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Join the Unorthodox Podcast Team!

We’re looking for a part-time associate producer

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A Note on ‘The Encounter’

An introduction to Mendel Mann, author of The Encounter, and the story’s translator, Heather Valencia

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Milk Can Memories

A new documentary about the brave archivists who kept a secret history of the Warsaw Ghetto shows how we can preserve the memory of the Holocaust after the last generation of survivors

 

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A Centuries-Old Green Delicacy for Tu B’Shevat

A delicious Sephardic dish and a testament to Jewish renewal rescued from the Spanish Middle Ages

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Tikkun Olam, Y’all

Rabbi Ira Sanders of Arkansas, little-known Civil Rights hero

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The Women’s March Doesn’t Get to Decide Who the ‘White Jews’ Are

Singling out ‘white Jews’ isn’t progress, it’s just more of the same prejudice and exclusion from the Women’s March

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Albania’s Post-Communist Rebirth Gets a Jewish Twist

A visit to the only Jewish museum in Albania—Europe’s most Muslim nation and Islam’s most secular

 

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The Grand Canvases of Nirit Takele’s Ethiopian-Israeli Experience

The painter Nirit Takele, already a celebrated artist at 33 years old, is evoking the spirit of both her homelands in her bold work

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Why Naftali Bennett Decapitated the Settler Right and What It Means for Israel’s Future

How the shaming of a soccer star led to the biggest shake-up in Israeli politics and finally unchained Netanyahu’s chief right-wing rival

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The Surprising Popularity of Kosher Food in Prison

Seder plates and kosher meals are so popular behind bars some inmates convert just to get them

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Under the Chuppah in Havana

The revival of Cuba’s Jewish community

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A Retrospective on the Iranian Revolution

Introducing Tablet’s week-long series on the 40th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution in Iran

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Why We Don’t Need Jewish Actors to Play Jewish Roles

And why that isn’t necessarily true for other minorities

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Future War on Parade in Yemen

The nonstate Houthis used an Iranian-model drone to attack the Yemeni military’s top brass in a preview of how the next wars in the Middle East will be fought

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Parsha in Progress Episode 8: The Song of the Sea

Parshat Beshalach: How should we respond to the punishment of our enemies?

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Conspiratorial Thinking Is Getting Worse Because of the Internet

The architecture of social experience online favors the promotion of conspiracy, and conspiracy theories always come back to the Jews

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Big Sister Is Watching

The dangers of being perceived as pro-Israel in online feminist spaces

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When Sorry Isn’t Good Enough

There’s something wrong with the apology from a Cleveland doctor who joked about giving Jews the wrong medicine, and with the media coverage of her public contrition

 

 

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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 National Jewish Book Awards

Top awards go to Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas, and Alice Shalvi’s Never a Native

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What It’s Like to Be a Jew Who Isn’t Jewish Enough to Count in Israel

The rules enforced by Israel’s evermore extreme Rabbinate punish Russian Jews who come to the country to escape religious persecution

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Punching Down at Dead Cartoonists

The response to the attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ was a pivotal moment that foreshadowed the political crisis in Western societies

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Anti-BDS Bill Battles Up Senate Hill

The delay of a proposed vote on an anti-BDS bill sparks rumors of a rift among Senate Democrats and dirty tricks from Republicans

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The Syria Switch and the Status of the Golan

After a series of reversals on Syria, U.S. officials suggest they won’t be making any sudden moves, while Israel calls for recognition of sovereignty over the Golan Heights

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The Jewish Comedian Who Went From Playing the President on Ukrainian TV to Running for President of Ukraine

In Ukraine, a simulacrum of reality TV-show politics that put Donald Trump’s version to shame

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Why I Still Want the Women’s March to Succeed

An open letter from one of the group’s earliest critics offers thanks to the march leaders for what they’ve gotten right and suggestions for what they need to do now

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What Kind of Person Pays to See the Band Phish 150 Times?

We sent our intrepid reporter to the cult jam band’s New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden to find out

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Nazi Heels on the Ropes

Can the freewheeling, independent pro-wrestling circuit drop the Nazi gimmicks and become more socially responsible without losing its gonzo charm?

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The End of the World That 1948 Made

Seven decades later there are still lessons to be learned about history, politics, and human nature from that pivotal year

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The Scroll’s Year in Review

Some 2018 reading you might have missed to catch up on in the year ahead

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A Tale of Love and Heartbreak

For Amos Oz, the real Israel was cherishable precisely because it was not a high ideal but a fact achieved only by labor and compromise

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