Spring 2016 cover

What her disability means to a twenty-something Jew. Should the Jewish community fund fertility? Teaching gunhate to grandsons. A Moroccan Sephardi polyglot chooses which language to live in. What happens when your best friend dies? How to dress and undress a Torah. So hard to talk to your daughter about God. When the civil rights ethos lived in a branch library.

Pomegranate Torah Cover. Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach, FL. Laurie Gross Studios © 2007.Subscriber Exclusive

Dressing [and Undressing] the Torah

Patricia Goldblatt

Called up to the synagogue bimah to put the cover back on the Torah, she receives — unanticipated — her flash of illumination.

"Sunrise on Mount Sinai," Flickr.com, Peaceworker46.Subscriber Exclusive

Talking [and Not Talking] About God

Evelyn Becker

A believing young daughter sweetly confounds her mom. Why is it so tough when adult Jews encounter the “verticality principle”?

Jess Belasco

“Are These Sufferings Dear To You?” My Disability, Its Isolation, and My Journey

Jessica Belasco

Fighting against the physical constraints she was born with, and the isolation they imposed upon her, Belasco reports, from the other side of a chasm, on how she came back to life.

"Commerce of Infertility," © Andi Arnovitz, 2016. www.andiarnovitz.com. Photography: Avshlom Avital.

Why the Jewish Community Should Fund Fertility

Naomi Less

Fertility challenges incur huge costs  emotional, financial and communal. But a BirthRATE program could finance Jewish babies faster than free Birthright trips to Israel. Plus…Elliot Jager on being male and childless. 

Left: Swados; Right: Rapoport.Subscriber Exclusive

So Much More to Sing: On the Death of a Woman Friend

Nessa Rapoport

When Elizabeth Swados died this winter, Rapoport was confronted with her insufficient ritual resources for mourning.

aylonSubscriber Exclusive

Teaching Gunhate

Helène Aylon

An artist’s manifesto for protecting her grandsons.

azagurySubscriber Exclusive

Choosing Which Language to Live In

Yaëlle Azagury

Roiled by her culture's hidden messages of colonialism, patriotism, alienation and intimacy, a Moroccan Jew comes to terms  in Connecticut.

IMG_4697Subscriber Exclusive

Lower East Side Library: A Love Affair

Rochelle Newman

How the neighborhood’s civil rights ethos was lived out in a branch library. 

coffeeSubscriber Exclusive

McDonald’s Coffee

a short story by Alisa Ungar-Sargon

DTCW08YNHESubscriber Exclusive

The Watch

Poetry by Jane Shore

14280931473_a192730018_zSubscriber Exclusive

Laundry

Poetry by Jean Nordhaus

Subscriber Exclusive