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Unorthodox is the world’s leading Jewish podcast - but you don’t have to be Jewish to love it! Hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine, each episode we bring you interesting guests, News of the Jews, and so much more.

Unorthodox Tablet Magazine

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 1.1K Ratings

Unorthodox is the world’s leading Jewish podcast - but you don’t have to be Jewish to love it! Hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine, each episode we bring you interesting guests, News of the Jews, and so much more.

    49 Days: Week 5, Hod

    49 Days: Week 5, Hod

    Today we are sharing a special weekly edition of Kylie Unell’s podcast miniseries, 49 Days to Stretch My Soul. Kylie is putting her own spin on the Jewish tradition of counting the Omer—the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot—with a daily practice that includes everything from exploring the lyrics of Steven Sondheim, interviewing a ballet dancer, immersing herself in nature, and more. This fifth week is all about endurance and perseverance. 
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    • 41 min
    Unorthodox Comes Alive!

    Unorthodox Comes Alive!

    This week, we’re back together, and totally off the wall. 

    We’re airing the interviews from our live show in Virginia Beach, hosted by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Our Jew of the Week is Congresswoman Elaine Luria, who represents Virginia's Second Congressional District. She tells us about her 20-year career in the Navy; being a fourth-generation Jewish Alabaman before moving to Virginia; and hosting a Passover Seder on an aircraft carrier. 

    Our Gentile of the Week is NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, who played for the Buffalo Bills for 15 seasons and finished out his career with the Washington Redskins. After he retired, he moved back to Virginia Beach. He tells us how to pronounce words like a local, what he learned from his football career, and whether Liel could make it in the NFL. 

    We love to hear from you! Send us your emails and voice memos at unorthodox@tabletmag.com, or leave a voicemail at our listener line: (914) 570-4869. Remember to tell us who you are and where you’re calling from. 

    Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Join our Facebook group, and follow Unorthodox on Twitter and Instagram. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our recording sessions on our YouTube channel.

    Find out about our upcoming events at tabletmag.com/unorthodoxlive.

    Want to book us for a live show or event in your area, or partner with us in some other way? Email tabletstudios@tabletmag.com.

    Unorthodox is produced by Tablet Studios. Check out all of our podcasts at tabletmag.com/podcasts.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    49 Days: Week 4, Netzach

    49 Days: Week 4, Netzach

    Today we are sharing a special weekly edition of Kylie Unell’s podcast miniseries, 49 Days to Stretch My Soul. Kylie is putting her own spin on the Jewish tradition of counting the Omer—the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot—with a daily practice that includes everything from exploring the lyrics of Steven Sondheim, interviewing a ballet dancer, immersing herself in nature, and more. This fourth week is all about Netzach, or endurance and perseverance. 
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    • 37 min
    Big Bang Slice

    Big Bang Slice

    This week, we’re deep dishing about Licorice Pizza.

    Our Jew of the week is actress, neuroscientist, and Jeopardy! co-host Mayim Bialik, who makes her directorial debut with the “very, very Jewish” film As They Made Us. 
    Mayim wrote the film, about a woman coming to terms with her father’s decline and death, at the end of the traditional Jewish year of mourning following her own father’s death in 2015. She tells us about the film’s casting (Dustin Hoffman and Candace Bergen play the parents to Glee star Dianna Agron), how Jewish mourning rituals deepened her connection to Judaism, and what she’s learned from hosting the iconic game show. 

    Our Gentile of the Week is Eddie Chang, who moderates the Buy Nothing Facebook group for New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood. He tells us why he prefers sourcing items from the group’s twelve thousand members to buying things on Amazon, the best things he’s found through the group, and what he’s learned about the power of community along the way. His question for the hosts is which Jewish TV show is superior: Seinfeld or The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

    We love to hear from you! Send us your emails and voice memos at unorthodox@tabletmag.com, or leave a voicemail at our listener line: (914) 570-4869. Remember to tell us who you are and where you’re calling from. 

    Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Join our Facebook group, and follow Unorthodox on Twitter and Instagram. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our recording sessions on our YouTube channel.

    Upcoming events:

    May 11. 2022 (virtual) — Stephanie Butnick will be in conversation with authors Gary Shteyngart and Claire Stanford as part of the Jewish Book Council and the Jewish Museum’s Unpacking the Book series. 7 p.m. Eastern; register here.

    May 15, 2022 - Mark Oppenheimer will be discussing his book, Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie Illinois. 10 a.m. Central; tickets here. 
     
    May 25, 2022 — Mark, Stephanie, and Liel will be live in New York City for Central Synagogue’s Shavuot Boot Camp with Abigail Pogrebin. 5:30 p.m. Eastern; stream the event here.

    Find all our events at tabletmag.com/unorthodoxlive.

    To book us for a live show or event in your area, or partner with us in some other way, contact tsinger@tabletmag.com.

    Unorthodox is produced by Tablet Studios. Check out all of our podcasts at tabletmag.com/podcasts.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    49 Days: Week 3, Tipheret

    49 Days: Week 3, Tipheret

    Today we’re sharing a special weekly edition of Kylie Unell’s podcast miniseries, 49 Days to Stretch My Soul. Kylie is putting her own spin on the Jewish tradition of counting the Omer—the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot—with a daily practice that includes everything from exploring the lyrics of Steven Sondheim, interviewing a ballet dancer, immersing herself in nature, and more. This third week is all about Tipheret, or discipline and harmony.
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    • 37 min
    The Mothership

    The Mothership

    This week, we’re celebrating motherhood: the messy, the funny, the sad, and the profound. 

    First, an interview with Jewish Fertility Foundation’s Elana Frank, host of the podcast Fruitful and Multiplying. Then we talk to comedian Ester Steinberg about her postpartum comedy special, Burning Bush. We also hear from Rabbi Ilana Garber about her son’s diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome, and Unorthodox producer Robert Scaramuccia shares a moving story about his mother.

    We love to hear from you! Send us your emails and voice memos at unorthodox@tabletmag.com, or leave a voicemail at our listener line: (914) 570-4869. Remember to tell us who you are and where you’re calling from. 

    Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Join our Facebook group, and follow Unorthodox on Twitter and Instagram. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our recording sessions on our YouTube channel.

    Upcoming events:

    May 15, 2022 - Mark Oppenheimer will be discussing his book, Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie Illinois. 10 a.m. Central; tickets here. 

    May 22. 2022 (virtual) — Stephanie Butnick will be in conversation with authors Gary Shteyngart and Claire Stanford as part of the Jewish Book Council and the Jewish Museum’s Unpacking the Book series. 7 p.m. Eastern; register here.
     
    May 25, 2022 — Mark, Stephanie, and Liel will be live in New York City for Central Synagogue’s Shavuot Boot Camp with Abigail Pogrebin. 5:30 p.m. Eastern; register here

    Get all our events info at tabletmag.com/unorthodoxlive.
    Get your copy of The Tab, Tablet’s free, printable weekly digest, at tabletm.ag/tab. 
    Want to book us for a live show or event in your area, or partner with us in some other way? Email tabletstudios@tabletmag.com.

    Unorthodox is produced by Tablet Studios. Check out all of our podcasts at tabletmag.com/podcasts.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

bklyn2sf ,

Best part of the week

I have been listening to this podcast for years and always look forward to each new episode. The discussions and topics are always lively, interesting, and informative. The three hosts have delightful discourse, each expressing their own distinct perspectives shared with respect and humor.

Wayfaring Woozle ,

Top-notch podcast!

Three kind, smart, funny humans talking about important and interesting things. What’s not to like?

Phillybuzi1 ,

Excellent, but

I absolutely love this podcast. As the other reviewers state, it truly makes one proud to be a Jew. The diversity of topics, the creativity of the producers, the honesty are superior. There is one major problem - the overuse of fillers…like…um…like…like…like… I know that others have remarked on this and it has been downplayed and ridiculed. However, these unnecessary verbal interjections jar me from listening to the truly outstanding content. Please, editors, do some sound editing. Hosts, please just PAUSE instead of ‘filling’ with these disturbing interjections.

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