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Maimonides on Dieting: Matzah Sucks, and Bread’s Bad, Too

By On April 14, 2017

Moses Maimonides aka Rambam (1135-1204) was a full-time physician, philosopher, and Rabbinic commentator. So how did he have time to eat healthfully instead of just grabbing some ramen on the go? A… Read More

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Rabbi, May I Beat My Wife, Please?

By On September 9, 2016

Under what conditions, the Talmud asks, may a man beat his wife? This is an important question given that a bad wife, in the rabbis’ estimation, may be beaten. A bad wife,… Read More

Turns Out Rav Kook Was a Vegetarian Renegade
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Turns Out Rav Kook Was a Vegetarian Renegade

By On August 31, 2015

  While vegetarianism is not an official tenet of Orthodox Jewish belief, certain scholars feel the Torah suggests that Jews should abstain from eating meat. Abraham Isaac Kook—the late Torah scholar, and… Read More

A Rabbi (and Movie) for All Your Sexual Hangups
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A Rabbi (and Movie) for All Your Sexual Hangups

By On August 4, 2015

“You think a rabbi could teach you anything about sex?” asks director Ricardo Adler. It’s a fair question. Adler has made a spiritual and sensuous documentary called The Lost Key that explores… Read More

The 20th-Century Judge Judy of the Yiddish Radio
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The 20th-Century Judge Judy of the Yiddish Radio

By On September 19, 2014

Between the late 1930s and 1956, if you were a Jewish immigrant on the Lower East Side and had a problem with your mother-in-law, your kosher meat, or your mattress, there was no need to… Read More

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Michael Jackson’s Sex Rebbe

By On January 22, 2014

You might think of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach as the kosher sex guru, but, in fact, he used to wear a much more bizarre (and controversial) hat: that of unofficial spiritual adviser to Michael Jackson. Introduced… Read More

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When Sages Go To The Bathroom

By On November 6, 2013

Jewish tradition has never been known for shying away from embarrassing topics. In fact, religious Jews recite a blessing thanking God for creating humans with orifices and cavities. A sacred life, after all, requires healthy… Read More