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What's for Dinner at the Peace Negotiations?; The Devil of Williamsburg

THIS WEEK: Staffers discuss the ongoing Israel-Palestine peace negotiations, a sex abuse case in Satmar Williamsburg, and looking back on the Forward podcast.Read More


Transgender Jews; Giving Up on Syria; Lipa Schmeltzer

THIS WEEK: How Jewish communities are responding to transgender Jews; Do we have a responsibility to Syria?; What’s new with Hasidic popstar, Lipa Schmeltzer?Read More


Weiner/Spitzer; A Forgotten Yiddish Poet Comes Home

THIS WEEK: Staffers debate the futures of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner and we take a look at a nearly forgotten Yiddish poet whose work has just been released from the Polish archives.Read More


YU Abuse Lawsuit; Pop Stars & BDS; 'World War Z'

LISTEN: The Yeshiva sex abuse lawsuit, Alicia Keys and the boycott Israel movement, the Zionist zombies of ‘World War Z.’ All on our weekly podcast.Read More


Court's Mixed Blessing; Kosovo's Jews; A Jew in Cajun Country

THIS WEEK: Jay Michaelson explains why the Supreme Court’s decisions were a mixed blessing; a report on Kosovo’s Jews and the odd story of a Polish Jew in Cajun country.Read More


Female Orthodox Leaders: New and Old

THIS WEEK: With the recent graduation of a first class of orthodox female religious leaders, we look at radical history of orthodox women as spiritual leaders.Read More


Radicals Against the Death Care Industry; Hasidic Anti-Zionist Rally; Six Words About Your Dad

THIS WEEK: Reporters discuss a gather of radical Jewish activists who want to take on the death care industry; a Hasidic anti-Zionist rally; six words about your dad on Fathers’ Day.Read More


John Kerry Stumps for Mideast Peace; Cory Booker's Philosemitism

THIS WEEK: Staffers discuss John Kerry’s trip to the Middle East; the prospects for peace and Cory Booker, the Newark mayor who loves Jews.Read More


The Ultra-Orthodox Threat; A Classic Williamsburg Hat Store; 125 Years of Katz's Deli

THIS WEEK: Jay Michaelson discusses his blistering attack on the ultra-Orthodox, Nate Lavey reports on a classic Brooklyn hat store and Susan Armitage gives the history of Katz’s deli.Read More


Talmudic 'Development'; Orthodox Cinema; Chabad Power Struggle?; Top Kosher Dogs

THIS WEEK: Staffers debate the Talmudic qualities of the TV show, ‘Arrested Development,’ a possible power struggle within Chabad and the best kosher hot dogs.Read More





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  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
  • Getting ready for Seder? Chag Sameach! http://jd.fo/q3LO2
  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
  • Aperitif Cocktail, Tequila Shot, Tom Collins or Vodka Soda — Which son do you relate to?
  • Elvis craved bacon on tour. Michael Jackson craved matzo ball soup. We've got the recipe.
  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
  • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
  • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
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