What to make of Ari Fuld’s murder?
I’m not afraid of the bullies anymore
This stew of root vegetables and dried fruit is a staple of Ashkenazi cooking, but it doesn’t have to be the bland, gloppy mess we’ve come to know
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, why even the crowns of Hebrew letters matter. Plus: The biblical Moses is relegated to the eighth row of a rabbi’s class, for not understanding the lesson.
For my mother, a Holocaust survivor, Yom Kippur was wrapped up in remorse, mourning, and suffering. I’ve spent a lifetime rethinking what atonement means to me.
Gertrude Berg deserves kudos from every fan of comedy and/or powerful women
Every year I perform kapores with money, just as he did in his later years. But once, just once, I tried it with a live chicken.
Episode 150: A viral video villain repents; a recovered addict’s long road to brotherly redemption; and a look at the year’s best and worst public apologies in time for Yom Kippur
It’s the time of year when Jews traditionally apologize … but what if you’re the wronged party?
Actor Geoffrey Owens gracefully reminds us that we have too many shouters and swooners but not enough decent people willing to find meaning in an honest job
How an economics professor and an 18th-century rabbi helped me make better choices
This Tunisian fish dish is perfect for Rosh Hashanah, or any dinner party
Ep. 149: Celebrating our podcast milestone with some of our most memorable segments, plus a farm visit with one of our favorite guests
Summer camp, Sarah McLachlan, and the sound of the shofar
What I learned leading High Holiday services at Rikers Island
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the rabbis debate the use of the flavor-enhancing mineral in sacrificial offerings. Plus: Why wood needs to be sprinkled with salt before it is burned—over wood.
A little-known parable from 1930 gives us a new way of hearing the shofar
Taking on the New Atheists, Scott Shay’s new book sparks a conversation about the existence of God
As a New York fan sells his allegiance to the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s time to reconsider the Bible’s greatest unsung hero
Once demonized as the community embraced public schools, they eventually came into their own by teaching ‘Judaism and Americanism’ side by side
This Rosh Hashanah, try an aromatic fish dish instead of the same old brisket
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the rabbis search the mists of time to try to recover which hand is to be used in the rituals of sacrifice and offering
How I found culture and community playing the game my mother—and grandmother—loved
A Midwest road trip makes a mother ponder independence, parenting, and Jewishness
Ashkenazi Jews are particularly susceptible to a genetic mutation that causes the disease—and that mutation is particularly difficult to treat
Through podcasts, books, and even dinner parties, millennials are exploring their feelings about the end of life. Now, please pass the potatoes.
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ one rabbi finds a way out of a complex problem with meal offerings other rabbis created
A tour of the Lower East Side’s historic shuls brought me closer to my father
The spirit of Judaism is thriving by the ga-ga pit
Ep. 147: A Franciscan sister’s first Shabbat dinner; Unorthodox marriage counseling; and a Christian scholar among Jews