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Lost and Found on the Lower East Side

Photographers Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum document what remains of the old Jewish neighborhood

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Sacrificing My Childhood

My father taught me Talmud as a boy—whether I wanted to learn it or not

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What I Gained by Losing Weight

As the High Holidays kick in, one formerly obese writer reflects on going kosher, long runs, and mastering his sins

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Rosh Hashanah in Zion

After I left the Orthodox world—and my marriage—I found a new place to observe the Jewish New Year: on a different kind of path

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The Anti-Semite Can Cite Talmud for His Purpose

Taken out of context, ancient Rabbinic laws—such as those on capital punishment discussed in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study—can attract the attention of those who hate us

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A New Cake for a New Year

Long a dull staple of Rosh Hashanah tables, honey cake is having a renaissance, with a wide range of new variations

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Tupperware Parties—for Pot

A San Francisco-based women’s collective hosts cannabis-themed gatherings informed by Jewish tradition

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Why the Internet Is Bad for the Jews

And what to do about it

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On Capital Punishment

Talmudic rabbis pondered the most fundamental ethical questions—including the value of human life—in debating death sentences by hanging or stoning

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A Better Place?

Not that long ago, an Israeli car was about to change the world. But it didn’t. Israel Story explores why the Better Place electric car generated such excitement and inspired such devotion, and why its demise was so devastating.

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Bringing ‘Daf Yomi’ to Life. And Vice Versa.

In her new memoir ‘If All the Seas Were Ink,’ Ilana Kurshan recounts her time in Israel—one page of Talmud at a time

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A Forgotten Taste of Europe

A mother and daughter bring old recipes back to life in ‘The German-Jewish Cookbook’

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My Big Fat Jewish Wedding

Episode 103: Everything you ever wanted to know about Jewish weddings—and beyond!—with guests Anita Diamant, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Bat Sheva Marcus, ‘Bridesmaid for Hire’ Jen Glantz, and more

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In Omaha, Three Faiths Share One Big Idea

The Tri-Faith Initiative brings together a synagogue, a church, and a mosque, with a promise to build bridges between them

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Teaching Kids About the Plight of Refugees

A new crop of books introduces young readers to people who fled their homes—in earlier decades, and today

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The Jews in the Middle of the Sea

A tour through Malta’s Jewish history

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A Cookie Filled With Sweetness—and Family History

My Aunt Eva’s recipe came with my family from Eastern Europe more than a century ago. Today, I bake them in memory of my mother.

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On the Outs

There are a zillion ways of being an outsider. That we all know. But what does it mean to belong, why do we want it so badly, and how far are we willing to go just to be on the inside?

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Farewell to the ‘Village Voice,’ the Publication That Welcomed Me to America

The weekly helped me imagine myself as part of a larger community

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Birthright for WASPs?

Episode 102: Linguist Sarah Bunin Benor on the intricacies of Jewish language and architect Duo Dickinson on his Vermont summer sojourns

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Monuments and Memory

Europe’s Holocaust memorials—and America’s Confederate monuments

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Surprise, Discovery, Ritual, Meaning, and Wonder

Five years into the seven-year ‘Daf Yomi’ cycle of Talmud study, our columnist pauses to reflect on what the ancient text has taught him about being Jewish today

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‘I’d Like to Become a Bird’

My great-great-grandmother’s letters—in Ladino—paint a portrait of the Sephardic community on the Isle of Rhodes, moments before it was destroyed in the Holocaust

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My State of Graceland

What Rabbi Elvis taught me about myself and God

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Legendary Cookbook Turns a New Page

‘Second Helpings, Please!’ has been teaching Canadian Jews how to cook—and raising money for charity—for nearly 50 years

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The Smithsonian Gets Religion

A new exhibit at the National Museum of American History looks at the role of religion—including Judaism—in early America

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The Dating Option

Episode 101: The team behind ‘Soon By You,’ a web series about dating while modern Orthodox, and Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option

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Jerusalem of Clay

For a century, locally made Armenian pottery has brought together the holy city’s major religions in a uniquely artistic way

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Divided by a Common Language

For me, learning Hebrew was a way to fit in as a Russian immigrant growing up in Israel. For the kids in my Hebrew school class in California, the language meant something entirely different.

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The Elul Challenge: To Prepare for the High Holidays, Can You Spend an Hour a Day Without Your Phone?

To repent, you must first know yourself, which means taking a break from technology’s distractions

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