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Monica's Memoir; Bibi Bombs; Ethical Kosher Certification

This week, staffers discuss Monica Lewinsky’s memoir, Netanyahu’s bizarre ‘bomb’ moment at the UN and why an ethical kosher food certification hasn’t come to fruition.Read More


Romney Kicks the Can, Leaving Hasidic Community, Drifting Right

Why Mitt Romney’s dismissed the two-state solution in caught-on-camera video. The Forward’s series on leaving the Hasidic community. Both parties have drifted to right.Read More


Fewer Jews in Congress, Bibi's Red Line, ZOA Woes

The number of Jews in Congress is set to drop to a low. Benjamin Netanyahu muscles his way into the presidential election. There’s trouble at the ZOA.Read More


For The Love of Pure Khazones

By Jon Kalish

Few outside the world of cantorial music know the name Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. But when Itzhak Perlman listens to the cantor’s tenor, he gets goosebumps. Read More


Convention Update, Taste For Tongue, A Kinder Cut?

The Forward’s Nathan Guttman gives an update from the Democratic Convention. Paul Berger explores the pain of circumcision. And Devra Ferst makes the Jewish case for tongue.Read More


Republicans Rally, Dark Money, Chabad Battle

Nathan Guttman reports from the Republican National Convention. What is ‘dark money’ and who is handing it out. The battle for the heart of Chabad.Read More


Why Bubbe's Accent is Dying, Jewish Denmark

Paul Ryan’s plan to cut entitlements may scare off Jewish voters. Why Mel Brooks’ stereotypical Yiddish accent is dying. The many Jewish stories of Denmark.Read More


A Year After Leiby, Natalie's Nuptials

How is Boro Park managing one year after the murder of Leiby Kletzky? Marriage culture at Yeshiva University. Natalie Portman gets hitched.Read More


Reading Ladino in Greece

Aron Rodrigue and Sarah Abrevaya Stein talk about their new book which looks back at the Jewish life in the Ottoman port town of Salonica.Read More


Vatican's Jewish Ties, Inside Mitt's Trip

How Jewish converts changed the Vatican. Did Mitt Romney stumble or thrive in Israel? And a look inside the massive celebration of the end of the Talmud-reading cycle.Read More





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