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Podcast: Meena Viswanath on How the Duolingo App Became an Unwitting Arbiter of Modern Jewish Identity

Podcast: Meena Viswanath on How the Duolingo App Became an Unwitting Arbiter of Modern Jewish Identity

With its new Yiddish course, the language-learning app Duolingo sparked major disagreements over Jewish identity. One of the course developers joins us to discuss what happened.

April 15 2021 12:22AM
The Most Significant Document Composed by Jews since Antiquity

The Most Significant Document Composed by Jews since Antiquity

The beginning of a new series investigating how the Israeli Declaration of Independence came about, and what the text reveals about the country it brought into being.

April 14 2021 12:20AM
"Brandy" Comes from "Burned Wine," and Other (Judeo-)Linguistic Notes about Liquor

"Brandy" Comes from "Burned Wine," and Other (Judeo-)Linguistic Notes about Liquor

A brief look at some of the many Jewish words relating to alcohol.

April 13 2021 12:01AM
Is Europe’s Far Right Serious about Rethinking Its Attitude toward Judaism?

Is Europe’s Far Right Serious about Rethinking Its Attitude toward Judaism?

A shift in right-wing populist rhetoric toward Jews and Israel has been taking place on the continent. Why? And how likely is it to endure?

April 12 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Mohammed Alyahya on Two Competing Visions of Power in the Middle East

Podcast: Mohammed Alyahya on Two Competing Visions of Power in the Middle East

The editor of Al Arabiya’s English edition joins us to talk about where the real rifts in the Middle East are, and to share what Saudis think about the Iran deal.

April 9 2021 12:01AM
No Zoom Window into the Soul: Notes on Teaching in the Time of COVID

No Zoom Window into the Soul: Notes on Teaching in the Time of COVID

I lack the showmanship of America’s famous talk-radio hosts, but even Rush Limbaugh didn’t try to teach Maimonides and al-Farabi on the radio.

April 7 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Jacob J. Schacter on Joseph B. Soloveitchik and the State of Israel

Podcast: Jacob J. Schacter on Joseph B. Soloveitchik and the State of Israel

The noted scholar joins our podcast to analyze an important speech Soloveitchik gave on the eve of the Suez Crisis, deriving meaning for the circumstance from the Bible’s Song of Songs.

April 2 2021 12:01AM
The Holy and the Holey

The Holy and the Holey

Why should a Hebrew verb originally meaning to puncture have produced so many words relating to both the non-holy and to holes?

March 31 2021 12:01AM
David Friedman on How the Abraham Accords Came Together Behind the Scenes

David Friedman on How the Abraham Accords Came Together Behind the Scenes

The historian Martin Kramer interviews the former American ambassador to Israel in order to discover how the historic Middle East deals came together.

March 30 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Sean Clifford on the Israeli Company Making the Internet Safe for American Families

Podcast: Sean Clifford on the Israeli Company Making the Internet Safe for American Families

With pornography on the rise and sexting now commonplace, the Internet is a perilous place for children. Here’s how an Israeli technology company is trying to make it safer.

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March 25 2021 12:27AM
Which Wines to Drink at the Seder This Year, and Why

Which Wines to Drink at the Seder This Year, and Why

Meir Soloveichik explains how the seder’s four cups of wine elevate the holiday, while two enthusiasts recommend their favorite wines from the great regions of Jewish viticulture.

March 22 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Mark Gerson on How the Seder Teaches Freedom Through Food

Podcast: Mark Gerson on How the Seder Teaches Freedom Through Food

On Passover, Jews are commanded to retell the story of the Exodus, but the book they use to do it seems just as focused on food and drink as it is on the story itself. Why?

March 19 2021 12:01AM
What's Happened with British Jews Since Corbyn's Defeat?

What's Happened with British Jews Since Corbyn's Defeat?

It’s been one year since the anti-Semitic Labor leader stepped down. Things have much improved since then, but it’s also become clear that the forces he unleashed are in the U.K. to stay.

March 18 2021 12:01AM
The Legend of Schulmann the Baker

The Legend of Schulmann the Baker

A movement of aggrieved small-business owners has grown in Israel over the last year. But the origins of the Jerusalem baker it highlights as its chief example are shrouded in mystery.

March 17 2021 12:01AM