Behind the Anti-African Protests, Gay Marriage Guidelines

Staffers discuss the violent anti-immigrant protests rocking Tel Aviv and guidelines for Conservative rabbis conducting gay marriages. Plus, are Native Americans Jews?Read More

Reporting Abuse, Are Hasidic Women Liberated?

Staffers discuss an Orthodox group’s controversial position on reporting sex abuse, whether Orthodox women are ‘liberated’ and say goodbye to a podcast regular.Read More

End of Two-State Solution, Orthodox in the IDF

Forward staffers consider the grim prospects for the two-state solution, integrating the Orthodox into the IDF and the changing relationship between the ultra-Orthodox and the internet.Read More

Liberating Washington's Letter, Recalling Sendak

Staffers talk about Maurice Sendak and the Forward’s campaign to liberate George Washington’s ‘letter to the Jews.’ Plus, a first-hand view of life at Jewish day schools.Read More

Dust-Up on Iran, Hebrew Charter Schools

On the podcast, staffers discuss a dust up between a former Israeli spy chief and the government over Iran, Hebrew-language charter schools and the youth vote in the 2012 election.Read More

Singing New 'Hatikvah,' Kosher Prison Food

This week staffers discuss proposals to change ‘Hatikvah,’ whether Orthodox Jews accused of child sex abuse should get special treatment, and kosher food in prison.Read More

The Religion of Bruce, Growing Up Patrilineal

This week Forward staffers discuss the devout Jewish followers of the religion of Bruce Springsteen, growing up patrilineal and why Jews don’t like evangelical ChristiansRead More

Mystery Shrouds Macy's Titanic Plaque

By Paul Berger

TITANIC ANNIVERSARY: Macy’s employees contributed to a memorial for their boss, Isidor Straus, and his wife, Ida. What happened to the plaque is now a mystery.Read More

Making Matzo in a Chametz-Free Zone

By Jon Kalish

From the Kalish archives: In a story that originally aired on WNYC, Jon Kalish takes us inside a Shmura matzo bakery in Boro Park, Brooklyn.Read More

Solving a Titanic Mystery, Surviving Passover Food

Solving a century-old mystery involving the doomed Titanic, and surviving a week of eating Passover food are the topics of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable.Read More

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