In this issue: women re-make the tashlich ritual, experience conversion, go defiantly to college, recount their kisses. A firsthand account of a terror attack in Jerusalem. A feminist wields an accordion. What the Bible left out about Lot’s wife. Decoding contemporary Russian-Jewish novels and Roz Chast’s sorrowful humor. Plus: what happens when a feminist goes to summer camp?
A short story by Courtney Sender
a poem by Jamie Wendt
Is camp a place for exploration —or indoctrination? Maya Zinkow speaks out on sex, ritual and gender identity in Jewish summer camp.
A biblical revisioning
From Yemenite wedding ornaments to daring modernist designs, Israel’s creators of wearable art cross cultural divides. How did they become such boundary breakers?
Natasha Basin Levina, translated by Sonia Melnikova-Raich
The writer witnesses terrorism from her kitchen and can’t make sense of why her face is front-page news.
What happens when her Persian father won’t let her go to college.
In which a seventeen-year-old struggles to live solo in New York, sent away by her ultra-Orthodox family.
Your resource guide, compiled byNaomi Danis