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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 (one Jewish and one gentile), News of the Jews, and so much more.

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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 (one Jewish and one gentile), News of the Jews, and so much more.

    Whole Hearted: Ep. 215

    Whole Hearted: Ep. 215

    This week, we’re celebrating secular Tu B’Av, aka Valentine’s Day. The creator of stars of Soon By You, the popular web series that’s basically ‘Friends’ with modern Orthodox Jews, return to the show to update us on their latest season, deciding to take on controversial issues like LGBT dating in the religious world, and what it’s like to write and star in a show about singles now that they’re married.
    Next, very few things leave all three of us speechless, but this update from contributor Hal Karp truly blew us away. We hope you enjoy listening.
    And finally, Cantorial student Jacob Sandler joins us to teach us how to bring more life info synagogue services, and leads us in a rousing rendition of “Adon Olam,” set to a Backstreet Boys song.

    Let us know what you think of the show! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at 914-570-4869.

    Come see us on tour!

    Feb. 20 –New York City: Stephanie in conversation with authors Goldie Goldbloom and Abby Chava Stein
    Feb. 26 – Naples, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Mark
    March 6 – Amherst, Massachusetts: Stephanie @ Yiddish Book Center
    March 12 – Boca Raton, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel
    March 17 – Long Island, New York: Book talk with Stephanie
    March 19 – Virginia Beach, Virginia: Unorthodox live show

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    Sponsors:
    Send your kids to a Jewish camp this summer! More than 180,000 campers and college-age counselors use the Foundation for Jewish Camp website to find their camp every summer. Go to onehappycamper.org/unorthodox and find the right camp for you.

    This episode is also sponsored by Harry's. New customers get $5 off any shave set with a 5-blade razor, weighted handle, foaming shave gel with aloe, and a travel cover when they go to Harrys.com/UNORTHODOX.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Soul Cycles: Ep. 214

    Soul Cycles: Ep. 214

    This week, we’re putting more truth on the wheel.

    First, Mark talks to Mark Galli, who until recently was the editor in chief of evangelical magazine Christianity Today. Just before retiring he published a highly controversial editorial arguing that President Trump should be removed from office. He describes the fallout from the article, and shares his thoughts about where evangelical Christians stand politically and culturally today.

    Then we welcome back film critic Jordan Hoffman, who tells us about the Jewish films, actors, and directors to look out for at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, and gives us his Oscars predictions.

    Let us know what you think of the show! Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at 914-570-4869.

    Come see us on tour!

    Feb. 6 – Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Book talk with Stephanie
    Feb. 9 – Wyomissing, Pennsylvania: Book talk with Mark
    Feb. 11– New York City: Stephanie moderating Q&A following ‘Latter Day Jew’ screening
    Feb. 20 –New York City: Stephanie in conversation with authors Goldie Goldbloom and Abby Chava Stein
    Feb. 26 – Naples, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Mark
    March 6 – Amherst, Massachusetts: Stephanie @ Yiddish Book Center
    March 12 – Boca Raton, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel
    March 17 – Long Island, New York: Book talk with Stephanie
    March 19 – Virginia Beach, Virginia: Unorthodox live show

    Like the book? Leave us a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

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    Sponsors:

    Send your kids to a Jewish camp this summer! More than 180,000 campers and college-age counselors use the Foundation for Jewish Camp website to find their camp every summer. Go to one happycamper.org/unorthodox and find the right camp for you.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Knowing, Doing, and Being: Ep. 213

    Knowing, Doing, and Being: Ep. 213

    This week, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are leaning into their Jewishness (see here and here), and we’re here to analyze their efforts.
    Our Jewish guest is Andrew Rehfeld, the new president of Hebrew Union College, the Reform movement’s rabbinic and educational training ground. He tells us how the institution is adapting to face the challenges of the 21st century, targeting three areas: strengthening Jewish education, Jewish engagement, and Jewish identity; as he puts it, “the knowing, the doing, and the being of Jewish.” He also explains the history and theology of Reform Judaism, and shares where he sees the movement today and going forward.

    Our Gentile of the Week is Ed Gaskin, a devout Christian who started attending Shabbat services following the Tree of Life shooting in October 2018, to show solidarity with the Jewish community. He’s attended all but four weekly Shabbat services since. He tells us what he’s learned from a year at Temple Beth Elohim in Boston, as well as some of the questions he’s received about his undertaking, both from Jewish congregants and his Christian friends.

    Let us know what you think of the show: Email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at 914-570-4869.

    Come see us on tour!

    Feb. 6 – Scotch Plains, NJ: Book talk with Stephanie
    Feb. 9 – Wyomissing, PA: Book talk with Mark
    Feb. 11– New York, NY: Stephanie moderating Q&A following ‘Latter Day Jew’ screening
    Feb. 20 –New York, NY:
    Stephanie in conversation with authors Goldie Goldbloom and Abby Chava Stein
    Feb. 26 – Naples, FL: Book talk with Stephanie and Mark
    March 6 – Amherst, MA: Stephanie @ Yiddish Book Center
    March 12 – Boca Raton, FL: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel
    March 17 – Long Island, NY: Book talk with Stephanie
    March 19 – Virginia Beach, VA: Unorthodox live show
    Like the book? Leave us a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

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    Sponsors:

    “Those Who Were There” is a podcast presented by the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. The Fortunoff Archive holds more than 4,400 testimonies recorded in over a dozen countries, and the first season of the podcast features 10 episodes drawn from the archive. In every episode, a survivor or witness shares their own story. For more visit fortunoff.library.yale.edu/podcast

    The Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Summer Program brings rising high school juniors and seniors together to read and discuss modern Jewish literature, study with outstanding professors, and meet published authors. Every participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events. Learn more and apply at www.yiddishbookcenter.org/greatjewishbooks
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Speak Your Mind: Ep. 212

    Speak Your Mind: Ep. 212

    This week, we learn how to complain better. Our first guest is Amy Fish, the ombudsman for Concordia University in Montreal and the author of I Wanted Fries with That: How to Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need. She tells us what she learned working as “chief complaints officer” for a university (and before that a Jewish nursing home!), and shares a few simple tricks to help us all better ask for what we want—and get it.

    Then, Mark sits down with Carolyn Karcher, professor emerita at Temple University and the editor of Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism, a collection featuring 40 rabbis, activists, and writers. She explains how she came to oppose Zionism, and how she sees anti-Zionism functioning within the Jewish community today.

    Let us know what you think of the show: email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at 914-570-4869.

    Come see us on tour!

    Jan 26 – New York: Stephanie in conversation with David G. Marwell, author of Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death
    Feb. 6 – Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Book talk with Stephanie
    Feb. 9 – Wyomissing, Pennsylvania: Book talk with Mark
    Feb. 26 – Naples, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Mark
    March 12 – Boca Raton, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel

    Copies of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia will be sold and signed at each event. Like the book? Leave us a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

    Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more.

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    This episode is sponsored by a new podcast called Those Who Were There, presented by the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. The Fortunoff Archive holds more than 4,400 testimonies recorded in over a dozen countries, and the first season of the podcast features 10 episodes drawn from the archive. In every episode, a survivor or witness shares their own story. For more visit http://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/podcast

    This episode is also sponsored by Harry's. New customers get $5 off any shave set with a 5-blade razor, weighted handle, foaming shave gel with aloe, and a travel cover when they go to Harrys.com/UNORTHODOX.
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    All In The Family: Ep. 211

    All In The Family: Ep. 211

    This week on Unorthodox: Three Jews, infinite opinions.
    First, Mark sits down with Yiscah Smith, a Jewish educator, spiritual activist, and author. Yiscah discussed her journey as a trans woman and teacher of Torah; her documentary, I Was Not Born a Mistake will be shown at the New York Jewish Film Festival on Tuesday, January 21. More info here.

    Our next guest is Danny Dayan, Israel’s Consul General in New York. Liel spoke with him about the communities he’s prioritized outreach to, the challenge he faces in getting Israeli and American Jews to understand each other, and his solutions to that challenge.

    And finally, Mark speaks with Dr. Carol Gilligan, feminist activist and NYU professor, about anti-Semitism and the Women’s March, which takes place this weekend across the country.

    Let us know what you think of the show: email us at Unorthodox@tabletmag.com or leave a message at 914-570-4869.

    Come see us on tour!

    Jan. 8, 2020 – Westport, Connecticut: Book talk with Mark and Liel
    Jan. 10, 2020 — Fountain Valley, CA: Book talk with Stephanie
    Feb. 6, 2020 – Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Book talk with Stephanie & Liel
    Feb. 9, 2020 – Wyomissing, Pennsylvania: Book talk with Mark and Liel
    Feb. 26, 2020 – Naples, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Mark
    March 12, 2020 – Boca Raton, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel

    Copies of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia will be sold and signed at each event. Like the book? Leave us a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

    Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more.

    Follow Unorthodox on Twitter and Instagram and join our Facebook group.

    Get your Unorthodox T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies here

    Do you know a high school student who wants to deepen their engagement with Judaism? Nominate them today for the Maimonides Scholars Program, where they’ll debate and discuss Jewish thought, Zionism, philosophy, and politics at Yale University over two weeks in the summer of 2020. The application closes on January 27, so nominate a student today at maimonidesscholars.org/Unorthodox
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Take One from Tablet Magazine

    Take One from Tablet Magazine

    Unorthodox is off this week, so instead we're introducing you to Take One, the new Daf Yomi podcast from Tablet Magazine hosted by our own Liel Leibovitz.
    As Jews around the world begin a new seven-and-a-half year cycle of Daf Yomi, reading the entire Talmud one page per day, Tablet Magazine's new podcast, Take One, will offer a brief and evocative daily read of the daf. We launch the cycle with a brief introduction to the Talmud at large before diving into the text with Tractate Berakhot, page 2, and a meditation on the meaning of time, why you might want to think twice before you Netflix and chill, and how all these rabbinic strictures can help us make sense of our modern, messy lives.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

Curious Mayhem ,

A unique view of American Judaism

An excellent podcast -- perhaps the best -- on the American Jewish scene, sponsored by the estimable Tablet Magazine. Lots of the more obvious issues and topics, but also a lot of fascinating by-ways and niches, and the sides of American Jewish life that no one seems to know about.

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Outstanding

Enjoying every minute!

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OMG

You guys talk about my dad, he is rabbi David young. I’m Isabella young. I love your podcast because you talk about my dad. I saw my dad make that dinner. He has a tattoo with three stars in outer space and that represents me and my brothers. I love my dad and that part in your podcast.

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