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Susan Shapiro on Betrayal and Forgiveness

Finding herself in a moment of crisis after a betrayal by her trusted therapist, Shapiro challenges the common wisdom that we must forgive to forget

Keeper of the Flame

Whenever I would see Flory Jagoda, it was as if she had been waiting just for me, greeting me with her lovely smile and sparkling eyes. Often, she would say, “Here you are!” And now that she could kiss me–always on both cheeks–and hold my hand tightly, she seemed happy. I know I certainly was.… Read more »

Digging Deeper into Esther’s Mysteries

The Book of Esther still speaks to us, even in the “safe” diaspora without ruling monarchs — because governments may shift, policies change and antisemitism reasserts itself. 

Esther in a New World

As part of his only recorded direct speech in the book of Esther, Mordechai exhorts his orphaned cousin Esther to appeal to King Ahaseurus, suggesting that Queen Esther’s raison d’etre was to rise to the occasion and deliver the Jewish people from danger. And yet, as a new anthology of essays suggests, Queen Esther has… Read more »

Jewish Artists of Color: A Candid Conversation

An idea was born to create a space specifically for Jewish Artists of Color to come together—a closed conversation that would be welcoming and safe, informal and intentional.

Where Are the Jews?

To my fellow Jews: it is time to begin building relationships and solidarity with your AAPI family.

A Reproductive Shabbat

Until we are comfortable loudly discussing abortion and reproductive freedom in our communities, we will inadvertently perpetuate the idea that abortion is taboo. 

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