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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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