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When a Notorious Criminal is “One of Us”

Tropes and conspiracy theories persist and mutate.

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Violence, Loss and Healing—Emily Barth Isler’s “Aftermath”

I love showing a roadmap to forgiveness in the book. In a story that shares more than enough examples of how life can be horribly unfair and sad, I want kids to see examples of how things can go well or be done helpfully. How things can go right.

I Didn’t Go to Services This Year, But…

I didn’t go to services this year because every time I logged on to Zoom services I immediately grew restless and twitchy and grief-triggered and I ended up shopping for hoodies on Lululemon.  

What Magic Is Ours?

You can’t make a voodoo doll, I repeat. It isn’t our magic to use. I think of the magic that should be ours to use, instead. The faith we should have in our mezuzot and our medicine. A magic based on belief in the good.

Embodying Eve

This origin story of Adam & Eve has been used to punish, to instill regret, to sever us from one another. What if it’s also our salvation?

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