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Flour Power

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis—debating the origins of the omer—explore the sanctity of different forms of wheat. Plus: Can seeds found in elephant dung be made clean by replanting?

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‘My Name Proved to Be a Great Handicap’

Why American Jews changed their family names during the interwar years

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The Most Famous Israeli You’ve Never Heard Of

As an educator and feminist activist, Alice Shalvi has been a major force for decades. At 92, she shares her life story in her new memoir, ‘Never a Native.’

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Wrestling With the Refugee Crisis

Taking a cue from this week’s Torah portion, HIAS spearheads a national conversation about asylum-seekers

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Neighborhood Watch

Ep. 154: ‘93Queen,’ a documentary about Ezras Nashim, founded and staffed by Hasidic women as the first all-female-volunteer ambulance service in New York

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There’s No Business Like Showbread Business

‘Daf Yomi’: Are Jews like olives, crushed for their oil, or like the leaves on the olive branch, enduring through all seasons?

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Members Only

While Conservative rabbis have reaffirmed their policy against officiating at interfaith weddings, Conservative synagogues move to welcome non-Jewish spouses as full members of the congregation

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Early Mourning

Saying kaddish for my father brought me into many minyans where I was the center of attention—even when I yearned for anonymity

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‘Schmaltz’ Makes the Man

Toronto restaurateur Anthony Rose brings his warm personal style to his new cookbook

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Strings Attached

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, two schools of biblical thought diverge over the ritual clothing fringes. Plus: Does a dead man get to wear tzitzit?

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Death by Delicacy

True crime from the Yiddish press

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Pitch Imperfect

An Emmy-winning documentary about Israel’s most popular soccer team gets it all wrong for all the worst reasons

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Going Gaga for Gazoz

Once a staple of street kiosks in Tel Aviv, the sparkling, fruity soft drink is gaining new popularity in Israel and around the world

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Tiny Torahs

How miniature versions of the Five Books of Moses became a fixture of children’s Simchat Torah celebrations

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Farm to Sukkah

Ep. 151: Celebrating the Jewish harvest festival with a visit to etrog farmers in California and etrog sellers on the Upper West Side, plus Jews who fled Europe to become chicken ranchers

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Israeli Kids Living in the U.S. Find a Classroom of Their Own

Synagogue religious schools aren’t always the right fit, and day schools are too expensive. But programs teaching Hebrew language and Israeli culture offer a third option for parents who want to maintain a connection to their families’ roots.

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My Second Bat Mitzvah

I’m not afraid of the bullies anymore

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The Trouble With Tsimmes—and How to Fix It

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

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Finding Meaning in Calligraphy

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.

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Generations of Atonement

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.

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Remembering the Emmys’ First Best Actress Winner

Gertrude Berg deserves kudos from every fan of comedy and/or powerful women

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My Grandfather’s Yom Kippur Ritual—and Mine

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.

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The Apology Episode: 5779 Edition

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

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Where’s My Apology?

It’s the time of year when Jews traditionally apologize … but what if you’re the wronged party?

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Working It

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

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Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Opportunities in the New Year

How an economics professor and an 18th-century rabbi helped me make better choices

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Up Your Couscous Game

This Tunisian fish dish is perfect for Rosh Hashanah, or any dinner party

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Unorthodox Turns 3!

Ep. 149: Celebrating our podcast milestone with some of our most memorable segments, plus a farm visit with one of our favorite guests

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The Voices of Women

Summer camp, Sarah McLachlan, and the sound of the shofar

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