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Arnold Eisen — The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua Heschel [remix]

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Abraham Joshua Heschel insisted that the opposite of good is not evil, it is indifference. Born into an esteemed Hasidic family in Poland in 1907, he was a mystic who wrote transcendent, poetic words about God. At the same time, he marched alongside Marti

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On Being

[Unedited] Arnold Eisen with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Abraham Joshua Heschel insisted that the opposite of good is not evil, it is indifference. Born into an esteemed Hasidic family in Poland in 1907, he was a mystic who wrote transcendent, poetic words about God. At the same time, he marched alongside Marti

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The Takeaway

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and American: A Woman's Unlikely Background

Friday, November 23, 2012

When Takeaway listener Loren Levinson heard our segment on Madeleine Albright earlier this year, in which she talked about the discovery of her Jewish identity and family members that were killed during the Holocaust, it got her thinking about her own roots. Her incredible,fascinating story bridged two of the unlikeliest of cultures.

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Soundcheck

DeLeon Offers A Lesson In Ladino 101

Friday, November 09, 2012

The band DeLeon is helping keep the endangered dialect of "Ladino" alive with its modern interpretations of Sephardic Jewish songs, found on their latest album, Tremor Fantasma. We hear a live performance in our studio.

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Soundcheck

'Have-A Banana': Your Calls On 'Hava Nagila'

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It turns out that our listeners had a lot to say -- and sing -- about "Hava Nagila." 

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Micropolis

Thousands Fill MetLife Stadium to Study the Talmud

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Around 90,000 attendees filled MetLife stadium on Wednesday for the 12th Siyum Hashas, an event held every seven and a half years for Jewish men who have completed their study of the Talmud. The previous event, held in 2005, was attended by 50,000 people. To see more pictures from the event, go to Micropolis' Tumblr site.

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WNYC News

Capacity Crowds of Jewish Worshippers to Gather at MetLife Stadium

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A crowd of 90,000 Jewish worshipers is expected to fill MetLife stadium in New Jersey Wednesday night as part of Siyum Hashas. It’s an event that culminates the seven and a half year process of Talmudic study.

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Strangers

Debbie Jhoon: The Waxing Virgin

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A 30-something year-old virgin waxes genitals for a living...

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Micropolis

Micropolis: A Look at the Least Diverse Neighborhood in the City

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Brooklyn, known for its multitude of ethnic enclaves, also has the distinction of being home to the city’s least diverse neighborhood.

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WNYC News

NYPD Increases Passover Security Following Overseas Attacks Against Jewish Targets

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

After two recent terrorism incidents against Jewish targets overseas, the New York City police department says it is approaching the Passover holiday this year with heightened awareness.

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Arts

A Great Miracle Happened There

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals, foods and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance to American Jews in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah.

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WNYC News

In Wake of Hate Crime, Residents Say Anti-Semitism Is Prevalent

Monday, November 14, 2011

Police continued to investigate an anti-Semitic hate crime that rocked Midwood, Brooklyn, last week as distressed residents of the Jewish enclave tried to get back to life as usual in the neighborhood home to many Holocaust survivors and their children.

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On Being

Avivah Zornberg — The Genesis of Desire [remix]

Thursday, October 06, 2011

What may one of the great literary teachers of Torah and midrash — the Jewish tradition of reading between the lines of the Bible to uncover hidden layers of meaning — teach us about our own human longings? Hear what happens when she takes on Noah and the

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On Being

[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett

Thursday, October 06, 2011

What may one of the great literary teachers of Torah and midrash — the Jewish tradition of reading between the lines of the Bible to uncover hidden layers of meaning — teach us about our own human longings? Hear what happens when she takes on Noah and the

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Friday, July 08, 2011

Filmmaker Joseph Dorman discusses his film “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness,” a portrait of the great writer who created an entirely new form of literature and whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Sholem Aleichem captured a Jewish world in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, and he helped create a new modern Jewish identity. “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness” opens July 8 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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The Takeaway

Alan Cheuse on 'Song of Slaves in the Desert'

Monday, March 28, 2011

The history of slavery is interwoven with the history of America, but what most of us learn about in school is the history of white settlers. And even in that white history, there are particular characters — mostly Dutch and Anglo-Saxon Protestants. Not Catholics, and certainly not Jews. But that may be about to change. A new novel called “Song of Slaves in the Desert” centers on a slave family and its owners, who are Jewish. It’s written by Alan Cheuse, the novelist and George Mason University professor who you might know as the books reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Our Favorite Hamantaschen Recipes

Friday, March 18, 2011

This Saturday is Purim—the Jewish holiday that celebrates the victory of Persian Jews over Haman the Agatite, who was trying to annihilate them. To celebrate, most Jews dress up in costumes and eat a pastry called hamantaschen, which literally means "ears of Haman." Traditionally filled with poppy seeds, dried fruit, or nuts, the pastry is always shaped in a triangle.

Since we often cover food on the Lopate Show, and recently we've covered quite a bit of Jewish home cooking, we thought we might share some of our favorite hamantaschen recipes with you. Below, we've asked Joan Nathan and Gil Marks—two frequent guests on our show—to share their hamantaschen recipes with us. If you're interested in the history of the holiday, you should also check out an interview Leonard conducted in 2006 with Houman Sarshar, the director of publications for the Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History and author of the book Esther's Children. He explains the Persian roots of the holiday, and debunks some widely held myths.

Let us know in the comments if you have a Purim recipe or memory you'd like to share!

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The Takeaway

Walter Mosley on 'The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey'

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Walter Mosley is widely known for his best-selling historical mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins — a hard-boiled black detective and World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. But Mosley's writing spans a number of genres, including science fiction, graphic novels, young adult literature, and political non-fiction. His newest book is called “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.” It centers on 91-year-old Ptolemy Grey, an African American living alone in violent South Central L.A.. Suffering from dementia and poor health, Ptolemy seems ready to give up on life, until he meets a 17-year-old girl who may be able to help him recover his lucidity...at a cost.

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Azi Paybarah

Who Opposes the Islamic Center ?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

WNYC

From the Siena poll today showing that 61 percent of New Yorkers oppose building an Islamic center near Ground Zero, a closer look at who the opposition is:

Catholics: 45-22 percent agree with opponents

Jews: 52-11 percent agree with opponents

Protestants: 43-16 percent agree with opponents

College educated: 44-22 percent agree with opponents

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On Being

Rachel Naomi Remen — Listening Generously [remix]

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rachel Naomi Remen's lifelong struggle with chronic illness has shaped her philosophy and practice of medicine. She speaks about the art of listening to patients and other physicians, the difference between curing and healing, and how our losses help us t

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