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In this issue: Why your therapist became a therapist (and…learning in pairs, transgenerational trauma, the power of memory, and more). A scholar discovers the family secrets that led her into her chosen work.  One Jewish mother turns away from the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy. Rhinoplasty? A teen fights the inner battle between outer beauty, her Jewish identity, and her nose.

Tissues & Client

Analyze THIS

by Susan Schnur

Find out why your therapist became a therapist. Susan Schnur interviews well-known therapists and anonymous clients/patients on tikkun olam, one hour and one person at a time. Also, learning in pairs, transgenerational trauma, the power of memory, and more.

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“So I’d Definitely Recommend Rhinoplasty…”

by Sarah Beller

A young woman fights the inner battle between outer beauty, her Jewish identity, and her nose.

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A Jewish Mother on the Boy Scouts’ Anti-Gay Policy

by Heidi Gralla

Which families — and congregations — are taking a stance, matching their actions to their values?

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The Locked Garden

fiction by Galit Dahan Carlibach, translated by Ilana Kurshan

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How the Blumenfelds Lost Their Women

by Deborah Hertz

What happens when a great-grandfather’s diary is discovered? A family begins to piece itself back together on a journey to Latvia, while the author confronts the two halves of her inherited identity: rebellious Aunt Helen’s and dutiful Aunt Belle’s.

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Blackberries

by Ronit Feinglass Plank

Childhood should be Edenic — but what happens when a mother’s gone before she’s gone?

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Hebrew Names

A Russian Jewish American gets to invent a new identity — and worries that she’s blown it.

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A Letter to my Daughter

poetry by Bella Mahaya Carter

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One Hundred Philistine Foreskins

book essay by Ilana Kurshan