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Don’t Mess With a Missionary Man

Israel Story, Episode 4: When a hobby becomes a calling—from a freelance hitman in Eilat to a Knesset groupie in Herzliya

Have a Good Sex Life? Thank These People.

Jonathan Eig examines the renegade Jewish biologist and his three co-crusaders who made having sex without having a baby possible

When Repression, Regression, and Neurosis Seeped Into Viennese Music

New York Festival of Song’s Steven Blier’s latest program showcases Freud’s influence on the Golden Age of German lieder

Radical Writer Tillie Olsen Gave Her Grandson Text Fragments. He Made Music From Them.

Jesse Olsen Bay uses his grandmother’s unpublished prose on ‘Makings,’ by turns a whimsical and melancholy album

From Etgar Keret to a Lovelorn Student in Dimona, Tales of the Book-Obsessed

Israel Story, Episode 3: How Yiddish books, ancient texts, and even a collection of stories make people all kinds of crazy

A Grandfather’s Hidden Love Letters From Nazi Germany Reveal a Buried Past

Reporter Sarah Wildman’s grandfather escaped Vienna in 1938. Long after he died, she discovered the life—and lover—he left behind.

Royal Contradictions: The Flawed, Paradoxical Heroism of King David

In a new book, Rabbi David Wolpe examines what made the Jewish leader fallible and why, despite his bad behavior, he was great

Why Public Defenders Represent Unsavory Clients. Hint: It’s Not the Money.

In this excerpt from radio documentary ‘The Defense,’ no-holds-barred attorney Richard Rubin offers his take on the job

Basya Schechter Mixes Prayer Songs With Brass, Oud, and Radiohead

On a new album, the captivating leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter reclaims the music that dominated her religious childhood

Love Syndrome: Israel Story, Episode 2

Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.

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