Unexpected paths: Beyonce, sex, and gender transitioning can lead deep into Judaism. Outing her “Catholic” family’s secret in a standup routine. What Jewish feet reveal. Wedding dresses sans the wedding. Traveling while Jewish.
High Holidays 2014–Prepare for change with a woman’s tashlich. What did Lot’s wife really do? Roz Chast draws her parents; you weep.When a feminist goes to Jewish summer camp.
New feminist ritual: a little girl’s first haircut. Visiting the old old. Targeting “disability oppression.” Ayelet Waldman on psychoanalysis, Hungarian suffragists and Zionism. Liana Finck graphically envisions the family sagas behind the Yiddish advice column “A Bintel Brief.”
The politics of paradox—finding Jewish meaning in unexpected places: a white, middle-class mom turned civil rights pioneer, a bacon sandwich, and a dirndl dress.