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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  There is the argument and there is the context in which that argument is made. It’s easy to sing the praises of American life when you’re sitting in the United States, but you’d likely express […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Beginning Saturday night, the Jewish people will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. During the festival, Jews traditionally study the Book of Ruth, the biblical text that tells the story of a non-Jewish widow who becomes […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Since initiating a war against Israel in 2006, the Shiite revolutionary movement Hizballah has built a massive arsenal of rockets that continues to threaten Israel’s northern cities and towns. Hizballah is able to sustain this […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  On May 9, the cultural commentator Midge Decter passed away. Author of essays and books, editor of magazines, and mentor to generations of writers, Decter was subtle, clear, and courageous in her thinking. Though a […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  In the late 1940s and early 1950s, thousands of Middle Eastern Jews left their countries of origin and moved to Israel. Among them were the Jews of Yemen. There is a myth, believed by some […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  For most young men and women today, sexual ethics have been collapsed into one idea: consent. Consent, whereby two responsible, conscientious, free people agree to enter into a sexual relationship, has become a shorthand way […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Since the end of the second intifada nearly twenty years ago, during which Israel endured attacks constantly, terrorism there has been comparatively rare. There have been knifings, and many rockets fired from Gaza and from […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Since its first issue twelve years ago, the Jewish Review of Books, a beautifully-designed quarterly that was founded and supported by Tikvah, has produced 49 issues of high-level Jewish discourse. Much of that success can […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Why do some American children do better in school than others? Social scientists tend to look to family structure, race, class, and gender in an effort to find factors that correlate to better or worse […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  When Donald Trump improbably became president in 2016, few knew what his foreign policy agenda would look like. Having spent little time on such issues during his campaign and having no previous electoral experience, Trump’s […]

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