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Womb Raider

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis imagine a situation involving a weasel, a cow’s womb, a fetus, vomit, and a firstborn calf. Naturally.

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Better Treyf Than Sorry

‘Daf Yomi’: To avoid conflicts of interest, Talmudic rabbis put limits on their own authority over kosher slaughter

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Parsha in Progress Episode 10: Does God Need a House?

Parshat Teruma: The beauty of a communal spiritual home makes it easier for some people to feel spiritually connected

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A New History of Holy Fire

A rabbinic classic, hidden in the Warsaw Ghetto, is given new life

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Parsha in Progress Episode 9: The Ten Commandments

Parshat Yitro: Which one of the Commandments feels like it doesn’t belong?

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Slaughtering With Intent

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ why a Jew may not sacrifice an animal in such a way that its blood flows into the ocean, and other rules protecting worshippers from the limits of paganism

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Cuts Like a Knife

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the Talmud reiterates how intention defines human acts. Plus: Does a dropped blade accidentally decapitating an animal count as ritual slaughter?

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Christmas Envy—in Israel

Secular Jews have started to appreciate the nonreligious aspects of the holiday, from blinking lights to chocolate Santas to Mariah Carey’s Yuletide hits

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Natural Causes

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ intentionality and human agency remain at the heart of Jewish law. Plus: the difference between a pagan and a heretic.

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‘Baal Teshuvah’: The Next Generation

Thousands of secular Israelis became newly observant and joined Haredi communities in the 1970s and ’80s. Now, their children and grandchildren are searching for a place of their own.

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Slaughterhouse Shrive

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis debate who is free to butcher animals piously according to Jewish ritual. Plus: the one transgression that is unforgivable under the Torah.

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Deck the Halls—With Paper Dreidels

How American homes came to embrace mass-produced Hanukkah decorations

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The Other Temples

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis ask if it is possible to do service to the true God in the wrong location

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When the Cost of Orthodoxy Is Too High

Four scholars ask: Are the high birth rates and high tuitions sustainable?

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The Showbread Must Go On

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the Talmud is ‘a kind of speculative historical fiction’ about Temple rituals

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Vesselmania

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic scholars grapple with the number of sacrificial measuring cups in the First Temple

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Oil Change

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, discussion of proper meal offerings displays the circularity and uncertainty of rituals recreated from a destroyed culture

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A Psalm for Pittsburgh

Finding words in liturgy to cope with tragedy

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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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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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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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My Second Bat Mitzvah

I’m not afraid of the bullies anymore

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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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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 Voices of Women

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

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Rosh Hashanah Behind Bars

What I learned leading High Holiday services at Rikers Island

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Salt Bae

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.

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The Son, the King, and the Corrupt Torah

A little-known parable from 1930 gives us a new way of hearing the shofar

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