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Summer Camp as Promised Land

The spirit of Judaism is thriving by the ga-ga pit

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Keeping the Faith

Ep. 147: A Franciscan sister’s first Shabbat dinner; Unorthodox marriage counseling; and a Christian scholar among Jews

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17 Fun Facts About the Bowery

A new book offers a delightful history of America’s most notorious street

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Back to Nature

A rural retreat taught me lessons about city life that Jewish sages taught centuries ago

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A Torah’s Journey From New York to Madrid

As an American congregation closes, a new Reform congregation in Spain gains new life

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No Broken Glass

As a rabbi, I didn’t want Jewish rituals in my daughter’s interfaith wedding

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Against Convenience

In the month leading up to the High Holidays, time to give up the easy life

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Jewcomer

At age 34, far from home, I joined a synagogue for the first time—in Charlottesville

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In Paris, Kosher Restaurants Go Rogue

Chefs and owners are going without official certification to cut costs and broaden their clientele. Will kashrut-observant diners still come?

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In the Language of Men

‘Daf Yomi:’ How modern Jews misinterpret another key philosophical phrase, and why religious fanatics will find no Talmudic argument in support of their dream of building a Third Temple on the mount

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Dancing on Common Ground

Psytrance music bridges the divide between secular and religious Jews in Israel

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The Things We Can Change

Instead of getting mad about the news, it’s time to get serious about community

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Downsizing the Community

In the face of a slow demise, the Jews of Youngstown, Ohio, struggle for survival—and prepare for the worst

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Who Gets to Eat Sacrificial Meat?

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis raise contradictions in the rules governing ritual purity, ‘acute mourning,’ and imperfections in the priesthood

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A Tart Taste of Summer

This French dessert will change the way you think about rhubarb

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Fighting for Environmental Justice

In the American Southwest, Jewish activists are joining with Native American groups to fight climate change and destruction of sacred land

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Israel’s Indian Diamond Dealers

For decades, diamond cutters and merchants from India—many of them Jains—have made their home in Tel Aviv. But their future prospects are cloudy.

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The JAP Show–Live

Ep. 144: Discussing and debating the Jewish American Princess stereotype with Odd Mom Out’s Jill Kargman, Broadway legend Tovah Feldshuh, and Jewish Women’s Archive director Judith Rosenbaum at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

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Astrology, Jewish Style

On Tu B’Av, the ‘Jewish Valentine’s Day,’ Jewish astrologers and intuitives have the key to love

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Safe at Home

Jewish groups battle domestic violence

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Dirty Laundry

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis decide how to clean the garments used in ritual slaughter (using urine). Also: When is a garment just a cloth?

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Summer by the Sea

How Jews discovered the allure of the beach—from Far Rockaway to Tel Aviv

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Roman Holiday

How Jews observe Tisha B’Av in Rome, where the Arch of Titus commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem

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Lamentation for a Swimming Pool

This Tisha B’Av, I’ll be mourning for a different site of spiritual importance in Jerusalem

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A Polish Children’s Classic Comes Back Into Print—With Enduring Style

After the illustrators escaped the Nazis, Lewitt-Him brought their Eastern European sensibility to London, where they designed everything from propaganda posters to stamps

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Cooking Times and Air Rights

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis determine the finer points of animal sacrifice and follow their logical reasoning to the limits of the absurd

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Fighting for the Americans, Captured by the Germans, Freed by the Soviets

How a Jewish-American soldier in WWII survived in a POW camp—and even managed to celebrate Passover under the Nazis’ noses

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Reclaiming My Jewish Self

How a trip to Uganda led me back to the Torah

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Bar Mitzvah Planning in an Uncertain Time

The months leading up to my son’s big day were filled with political protests, anti-Semitism on the rise, and anxiety over this country’s future

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The One With the Mitzvah Tank

Ep. 143: We hit the streets of New York City with Chabad and ask strangers: ‘Excuse me, are you Jewish?’

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