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The Forward’s classic Jewish advice column, A Bintel Brief, is now a podcast. Our co-hosts, two Jewish mothers, dish on the dilemmas of Jewish-American life, identity, culture and politics. New episodes every Thursday.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 80 Ratings

The Forward’s classic Jewish advice column, A Bintel Brief, is now a podcast. Our co-hosts, two Jewish mothers, dish on the dilemmas of Jewish-American life, identity, culture and politics. New episodes every Thursday.

    TRAILER: Playing Anne Frank

    TRAILER: Playing Anne Frank

    Coming Jan. 24. Listen to the trailer for "Playing Anne Frank," a seven-episode series from the Forward about one of America's most iconic cultural works, "The Diary of Anne Frank," and how it shapes all those involved in it. From the original Broadway show, which debuted in 1955 and won Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize; to the Oscar-winning 1959 film; to high school students putting it on today, journalist and novelist Adam Langer takes you deep into the cultural history of the play that introduced millions to the Holocaust. Subscribe to "Playing Anne Frank" wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 3 min
    Bonus: Jodi Rudoren One-on-One with Deborah Lipstadt

    Bonus: Jodi Rudoren One-on-One with Deborah Lipstadt

    At the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival, Jodi Rudoren interviewed Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, the U.S. special envoy to combat and monitor antisemitism, about her recent travels to the Middle East, why hate is on the rise around the world, and Ken Burns’ latest documentary.

    • 57 min
    [Rerun] S2, Episode 4: Grumpy Gifter

    [Rerun] S2, Episode 4: Grumpy Gifter

    For the High Holidays, we're revisiting some of our favorite episodes of "A Bintel Brief."

    This episode features a letter from “Grumpy Gifter,” a listener fed up with the “wedding-and-baby-etiquette industrial complex.” She asks whether she can opt out of the compulsory gift-giving that social norms mandate without offending her community. The episode features advice from Bintel, perspective from the past via the Forward’s archivist, Chana Pollack, and a special visit from Aviva Calmer, founder of the Adventure School.

    • 34 min
    [Rerun] S2, Episode 2: Heartbroken Bubbe, Part 2

    [Rerun] S2, Episode 2: Heartbroken Bubbe, Part 2

    For the High Holidays, we're revisiting some of our favorite episodes of "A Bintel Brief."

    Last season, Bintel dispensed wisdom to Heartbroken Bubbe, who wrote to express concern that her grandchild, growing up in a mixed-faith household, might not receive sufficient Jewish influence. The letter garnered strong reactions in our listeners. This episode, Ginna and Lynn share and expound on some of those responses. Our regular featured guest, Chana Pollack, returns, as does a special guest: Heartbroken Bubbe herself, who reflects on what she’s learned.

    • 26 min
    [Rerun] S2, Episode 1: D for Denial

    [Rerun] S2, Episode 1: D for Denial

    For the High Holidays, we're revisiting some of our favorite episodes of "A Bintel Brief."

    In this episode, Ginna and Lynn help a listener distressed by a friend’s dismissive comments about the Holocaust. Chana Pollack, the Forward’s archivist, and Boaz Dvir, Founder and Director of the Holocaust Education Initiative, weigh in.

    • 37 min
    S2, Episode 10: The Ghost of Blackface Past

    S2, Episode 10: The Ghost of Blackface Past

    The Season 2 finale features a letter from “CEOO, Chief Egregious Offense Officer,” an executive who has discovered a photo of one of his employees in blackface — from 40 years ago. The episode features advice from Bintel, perspective from the past via the Forward’s archivist, Chana Pollack, and a special visit from Eve Ng, a professor at Ohio University and author of the new book, "Cancel Culture: A Critical Analysis."

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

LBS301 ,

Fun!

Heard about this podcast as a recommendation on Feed the Queue (terrific podcast featuring episodes from a different podcasts - letting listeners find new podcasts) Checked it out and have found it entertaining. Plus I love supporting Jews of color and Jews by choice. Diversity rocks!

RelNiss ,

Archival tape is 🔥🔥

Big fan of bringing in the archivist. The history of this column is so rich!

bee (lynn's kid) ,

Lynn SLAYS THE HOUSE DOWN BOOTS

I LOVE MY MOM FIVE STARS QUEEN
- BEE

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