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A New Biblical Interpretation Says Jews Can Eat Bacon After All

By On June 19, 2017

It might be time to rethink everything you thought you knew about Jews and bacon. As you know, the laws of kashrut dictate that pigs are inherently unkosher: “And the swine, though… Read More


Maimonides on Dieting: Matzah Sucks, and Bread’s Bad, Too

By On April 14, 2017

Moses Maimonides aka Rambam (1135-1204) was a full-time physician, philosopher, and Rabbinic commentator. So how did he have time to eat healthfully instead of just grabbing some ramen on the go? A… Read More


It Wasn’t Easy Being an Iberian Court Jew

By On November 21, 2016

Being a court Jew in 15th-century Iberia was a constant negotiation between prestige and death: If you were Isaac Abravanel, adviser to Portuguese King Alfonso and later the House of Castile, you… Read More


The Talmud of Star Trek

By On May 26, 2014

The Talmud says that killing a single person is like destroying the entire world. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light” (1992), writer Morgan Gendel took the concept literally. Inspired… Read More


Rabbi Akiva, The Late-Blooming Sage

By On December 18, 2012

Though genius is often equated with precocity, a quick search of  “famous late bloomers” turns up David Sedaris, Julia Child, Alfred Hitchcock, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, to name a very few. Though… Read More