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I Smuggled a Shul From Sweden to Israel

By Shlomo Liberman

Suppose you want to ship a synagogue from Sweden to Israel. It’s 1991 and the lack of a free trade agreement means paying high import duties. What do you do?Read More


The Incredible History of Jewish Smuggling

By Gabe Friedman

Sometimes Jews transferred goods illegally to preserve their way of life; in other cases, the incentives were less noble. From kosher wine to Ecstasy, here are our best bootlegs.Read More


Two Women and Two Faiths — One Shared Path

By Rachel Brown and Frimet Goldberger

Frimet Goldberger grew up Hasidic. Rachel Brown was raised Mormon. They talk about growing up, leaving their religious groups — and how to maintain enduring faith.Read More


Counter-Culture Spirit Lives as Boston's Havurah Shalom Hits Middle Age

By Anthony Weiss

Havurat Shalom is closing in on 50. Even in middle age, the bastion of Jewish counter-culture is still trying to reinvent itself — and infuse the entire community with its ideals.Read More


My Gaza Memories

By Chana Pollack

Three decades ago, Chana Pollack was a young Israeli officer assigned to work in the occupied Gaza Strip. She recalls the gritty streets — and enduring humanity of the people.Read More


Taxonomy of the Sheitel

By Frimet Goldberger

Everything you ever wanted to know about religious Jewish wigs, but were too afraid to ask. Frimet Goldberger breaks down what each wig means for the woman who wears it.Read More


The Doula Extraordinaire of Crown Heights

By Chaya Bar-Chaim

Rochel Vail has helped birth more than 2,000 babies. No wonder she didn’t blink an eyelid at helping a woman give birth in an upstate New York rest stop bathroom.Read More


The Land of Milk, Honey and Marlboro Reds

By Avital Norman Nathman

Avital Norman Nathman smoked her first cigarette in Israel. When she returned years later with her son, its culture of puffing seemed way less glamorous.Read More


Hasidic in the Heat

By Lenore Skenazy

To the rest of the world, Hasidic clothing looks unbearably hot. But does focusing on someone else’s discomfort reflect our own discomfort with religious dress?Read More


My Time at Satmar Summer Camp

By Frimet Goldberger

Frimet Goldberger fondly looks back at summers spent at New York’s first camp for Satmar girls. Competition for neatest bunk was fierce — and girl crushes were common.Read More


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