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Jews You Should Know

Mar 7, 2022


Liel Leibovitz is a man of many hats: author of several books, ranging from “The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia,” to biographies of Stan Lee and Leonard Cohen; podcaster, video game scholar; the list goes on. A senior writer for “Tablet” magazine, he also co-hosts “Unorthodox,” the “World’s Leading Jewish Podcast”.

Liel was born in Israel, and has lived in the United States since 1999. Join him and host Ari Koretzky for a fascinating and thought provoking discussion on topics ranging from Jewish tradition and identity, to the value of higher education in modern society.



 2:40  Introduction – Liel discusses coming from a family with nine generations in Israel to New York

 3:59  Liel’s origin story

 7:13  Family religious background, and Liel’s formal upbringing 

11:41 A discussion of the impact of one’s formative background on their own values

16:09 What are the forces, internal and external, that can bring about a personal reckoning on faith?

20:51 Liel discusses his time in the IDF, and early career aspirations

28:35 A conversation about reaching those with differing viewpoints, and the constraints of higher education

34:49 Writing for “Tablet”; the role of the magazine in connecting to the Jewish world and beyond

40:11  All about the “Unorthodox” podcast

55:52 What’s next for Liel Liebovitz?


CONNECT WITH Liel Liebovitz

Liel can be found at Tablet magazine, where he is a senior writer.  The “Unorthodox” podcast can be found on Tablet’s website, or on Apple Podcasts.  Liel is also the author of several books, which can be found on Amazon.


Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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