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Missing in Action

Keeping alive the memory of my uncle, lost at sea in WWII

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Illegal Immigration and the Book of Ruth

Shavuot offers an important lesson for politics today.

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My Grandmother, the Undocumented Immigrant

On a recent trip to Cuba, I learned more about my grandmother’s journey to America—and the different ways my family has interpreted that piece of our history

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A Dish That’s Perfect for Shavuot—or Breakfast Any Time

Move over, blintzes. A Romanian dish called malai, made from cornmeal and ricotta cheese, is a new holiday favorite.

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The Talmud’s Hot Tub Time Machine

How Moses could know how his people’s story would end before it was even written is in keeping with the spirit of ‘Daf Yomi’

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Not Just for Hasidim Anymore

The Tanya, a Lubavitcher spiritual text, could be the next big thing for secular self-help

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Fine (Kosher) Dining

Why do upscale kosher restaurants have such a short lifespan? Economics play a part, but so does culture.

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All Shakshuk Up

Episode 90: Jack’s Wife Freda co-owner Maya Jankelowitz on bringing South African Israeli comfort food to New York City, and JTS professor Barry Holtz on Rabbi Akiva’s life and legacy

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Pastries, Filled With History

In Seattle’s Sephardic synagogues, women have come together to bake for more than a century. Will a younger generation continue the tradition?

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The Ten Commandments Take Shape

In her new book ‘Set in Stone,’ Jenna Weissman Joselit recalls one synagogue’s battle over a stained-glass window

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Taking a ‘Sharp Knife’ to the Talmud

Daf Yomi: Interpreters of ancient Jewish law ‘often give the impression of doing whatever needs to be done to make the Bible mean what they want it to mean’

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Losing My Religion

From secret bathroom texting all the way to negotiating a divorce in Venice (of all places), Israel Story brings us heart-wrenching tales of lost faith

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Lost and Found. And Lost Again.

My mother’s terrifying fear of losing me started with her fear of being lost herself

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Call Me ‘Mom’

A word that used to be tinged with condescension and snark has been rehabilitated as a marker of female solidarity

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My Super Sweet Bar Mitzvah

Episode 89: ‘Latter Day Jew’ H. Alan Scott on growing up Mormon, coming out, battling cancer, converting to Judaism at 31, and planning for his big day

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23 and Them

In a little building in New Haven, a mom-and-pop operation presides over the world Jewish genealogy

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The Helicopter Shrink

When I was pregnant, my therapist became a maternal figure for me—and ultimately helped me appreciate my own mother in an unexpected way

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Terms of Service

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ why the law is in the details

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A Stiff Drink

Charles Bronfman—author of a new memoir, Distilled—on Trump’s golf game, a father who never said ‘I love you,’ and the older brother whose respect he always craved

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Schnitzel Conquers the World

The Israeli version of the dish is popping up on menus across the U.S.

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A New Life for Ritual Objects

When a synagogue closes, what happens to its ark, its pews, its yahrzeit plaques—the unique, often handcrafted items that helped define it?

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Caveat Emptor

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic sages ask what it is safe to assume in matters of transactions within the law, and what must be specifically proven

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Israelis Go Nuts for Bamba

The story behind the country’s beloved snack food

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Ghosts of the St. Louis

How a protest over immigration policy stirred up memories of one grandmother’s journey to America, and a boatload of Jewish refugees who were turned away

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Brand Management

Episode 87: Danya Shults on giving Jewish life a facelift with her new start-up, and Michael Knowles on his Trump-endorsed gag book

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A Jazz Classic Becomes a Picture Book

‘Strange Fruit’ brings the story behind a song about racism and lynching to a new audience: kids

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This Sausage Is Kosher—Because It’s Made of Chocolate

How Schockoladenwurst came from Germany to El Salvador, and why this pareve dessert should make its way to your table

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When You Buy a Cow (or a Boat) What Do You Get From the Seller? When Is It Yours? And What Really Is a Cow Anyway?

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study goes straight to the essence of the matter. Plus, ‘fish tales’ and 750-mile-high waves.

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My Two Divorces

Why getting a ‘get’ was more meaningful, and more important to me, than my civil divorce

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A Severe Case of Second Generation

Lizzie Doron always felt there was an invisible ghost in her life. She wasn’t wrong.

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