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If a Man Gives a Woman a Lamb in Exchange for Sex

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ follows its own logic from animal sacrifice to definitions of prostitution

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Half a Century After His Suicide, We Remember a Jewish Mystical Master

Fifty years after Joseph Weiss’ death, it’s time we grapple with his dark, gorgeous vision

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The Bangles

These gold bracelets have long been popular among Syrian Jewish girls. But their meaning has changed over the generations.

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All Right, Reform Judaism, Count Me In

I grew up Orthodox, looking down on Reform Judaism. Then I came out as queer and changed my opinion.

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Seaside Dining

Sea foraging for plants that grow along the shore has become a growing—and delicious—trend in Israel

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Hot Wheels

Roller derby has a rich Jewish (and feminist) history

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Living Single

Modern Orthodox communities geared toward unmarried adults present new challenges, but also offer lessons for the larger Orthodox world

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BYOBubbies

Ep. 192: Erin Davis and S.J. Mendelson from the dating show ‘Bubbies Know Best,’ and Cindy Chupack on her Netflix film ‘Otherhood’

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Night of the Murdered Poets

Rokhl’s Golden City: This week in 1952, five Yiddish poets were executed in the Soviet Union. How have their deaths been framed since then?

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A Taste of Tuscan Summer

Roasted vegetables keep alive the Jewish history of Pitigliano, an Italian town once called ‘little Jerusalem’

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Weaving a New Tallis out of Old Traditions

I used threads of family history to create a prayer shawl for the future

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When the Destruction of the Temple Isn’t an Abstract Historical Event

On the first Tisha B’Av after the Pittsburgh massacre, understanding the horror of destruction—and the possibility of renewed joy

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The Rules of the Swap

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ drawing a distinction between what is permitted and what is legal

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Feeding Fleishman

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble,’ and banker-turned-baker Umber Ahmad, owner of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

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A Jew Without a Synagogue

I left my congregation seven years ago. I feel more Jewish than ever. But sometimes I do miss the sense of community.

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Taking a Stand for Immigrants on Tisha B’Av

Jewish organizations turn the day of mourning into a day of protest

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The Wall—Part III: The Invisibles

After visiting two of Israel’s most visible walls, we shift gears to slightly more abstract ones—walls, both new and old, that you might have a harder time finding on the ground, but will show us where we came from and where we’re going

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The Rainbow Connection

Finding Jewish family in a Wisconsin forest, at the annual Rainbow Gathering

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Facts and Feelings

Ep. 190: ‘Dead to Me’ creator Liz Feldman and gay Mormon convert Dennis Schleicher

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Back in Black: the Forgotten Radish

Once a staple of Eastern European Jewish kitchens, the black radish is ripe for a comeback

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The Fruit of the Vine

Judaism helped me get into drinking alcohol—would it now help me get sober?

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Pastrami on Rye—Hold the Meat

Vegan delis are rethinking everything from cold cuts to bagels and lox. And along the way, they’ve created a kosher Reuben.

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A Cross-Cultural Lesson in Gratitude

Children’s books reflect on the importance of thankfulness

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Your Weight in Onions

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study explores many ways to pay off a divine debt: in gold, silver, pitch, vegetables—or limbs

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Summer Judaism

Observance has long taken a different shape when the thermometer rises

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Portrait of the Yiddish Artist

Rokhl’s Golden City: Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman’s creativity could not be contained in a single medium

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The Wall—Part II: The Other Side

Some call it the ‘security fence,’ while others prefer the ‘West Bank barrier.’ But to most around the world it is known simply as ‘the separation wall.’ Our series continues with a visit to what is perhaps the most divisive symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But as usual, we’ll go beyond the politics, to the people.

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Joining the Tribe

Making aliyah in the wake of the Kennedy assassination

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Finding Your Truth

Ep. 189: ‘Born Perfect’ conversion therapy activist Mathew Shurka and Nerdette podcast host Greta Johnsen

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Lessons for Living From the Burial Society

What a ‘death midwife’ has learned from the dead and dying

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