Congregations around the country have found ways to protect the environment and combat the effects of climate change
Ep. 132: Celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday with chef Eyal Shani, singer Yael Deckelbaum, and writer and comedian Periel Aschenbrand
On Yom Ha’atzmaut, looking back at Habibi’s Adventures in the Land of Israel, from 1951
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the surprising origins of power’s responsibility to the governed. Plus: How the Kingdom of Judea became the Religion of Judaism.
On Heela Harel’s urban tours, participants learn to spot edible flowers, leaves, and weeds—and how to turn them into lunch
Under communism, Soviet Jews ate plov, pork-laden sosiski, and ‘herring under fur coat.’ But does that make those dishes ‘Jewish food’?
A visit to Buchenwald left me feeling defiantly alive
In his new ‘biography,’ professor Barry Scott Wimpfheimer argues that the Talmud is more important now than it has ever been
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, how are individual Jews supposed to act when a religious court makes a ‘manifestly illegal’ ruling or unjust order?
Once a month in Caracas, Estrella Benmaman turns her home into a restaurant, putting a new spin on her Fez-born grandmother’s recipes
For the first time, Jewish women are choosing to give birth at an East Jerusalem hospital that caters primarily to Arabs
This area was once the center of London’s Jewish community, boasting almost 200 synagogues. Just four remain today. But don’t count them out quite yet.
Just in time for Passover, Israel Story brings us the surprising tale of Payam Feili, an Iranian poet who journeyed out of his country, leaving behind almost everything but his identity, and is now searching for a new life in Zion
A visit to some of Baltimore’s first synagogues, in celebration of Passover and commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., killed 50 years ago this week
How baseball came to loom so large in the American Jewish imagination
Finding a sense of healing at Passover, in the wake of a child’s suicide
Ep. 130: Listener questions about scallion whipping and Christian Seders, humorist Adam Mansbach on comedic haggadot and the power of the Passover story, and more
The Burning Bush, and how God revealed her real name
While I was hosting Passover dinners in Italy, I created baccalà al ghetto, a dish that marries local ingredients with Jewish tradition
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the Talmudic calculations that make forbidden wine and food into permitted meals for religious Jews
Ep. 129: Evangelical preacher turned humanist chaplain Bart Campolo drops by our snow day studio
A deep dive into my parents’ Passover cupboard
These Egyptian beef shanks, with lemons and artichokes, make the perfect festive meal for a Passover Seder
Three young Canadian artists with a political bent look at Jewish refugee history in ‘Old Stock’
Cottonseed oil is ubiquitous in kosher-for-Passover foods. How did that happen, and can it be changed?
How I lost my Mormonism and came to embrace the Jewish way
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the Rabbis offer desperate—or reassuring—explanations for why God does not interfere in the world in order to prevent sin
Israeli celebrity chef Omer Miller shifted from upscale restaurants to hamburgers and pizza—and became a sensation on Instagram
It was cooking that made me embrace being Jewish
Ep. 128: Orthodox rabbinical student Leah Sarna and culture critic Lauren Oyler