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Ep. 302: Reflections on the Texas synagogue hostage situation, plus an interview with artist Mark Podwal

January 20, 2022
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This week, we’re reflecting on the rabbi and three congregants held hostage at a Texas synagogue last Saturday.

We’re also sharing an interview with Mark Podwal, an artist who has illustrated for the Metropolitan Opera and The New York Times—and who has a day job as a dermatologist. He tells us how his art, rich with Jewish themes and imagery, is his expression of his Jewish identity.

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