Yoma 81

Today, there is perhaps no Yom Kippur ritual more iconic than the fast. According to recent polls, 40% of American Jews and 60% of Israeli Jews (the majority of whom identify as secular) still mark this day by fasting. And yet, as we have noted recently, the Torah never explicitly says that you aren’t supposed to eat […]

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What We Talk About When We Talk About “Intermarriage”

For the past several decades, mainstream Jewish institutions have obsessively studied and worried over Jewish marriage patterns, which have gradually tilted away from favoring in-group relationships. The latest large-scale findings, from a 2020 Pew study, were released last month. Unsurprisingly, they showed that the trend toward “intermarriage” has continued: 61% of American Jews who tied […]

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Yoma 80

On today’s daf, the Talmud is trying to work out what minimum amount of food one has to eat to be found guilty of breaking the Yom Kippur fast. Best, of course, is not to eat or drink anything. But if you accidentally put something into your mouth, are you liable? It depends on how much […]

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Listen: Jewish Feelings

Welcome to the first official episode of the Jewish Currents podcast, On the Nose. After a brief conversation about the show’s title, editor-in-chief Arielle Angel, publisher Jacob Plitman, managing editor Nathan Goldman, and assistant editor Mari Cohen discuss the Anti-Defamation League’s recent survey of American Jews about their perceptions and understanding of antisemitism, in the […]

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