Was her father’s capitulation to heroin an unlikely model for her work?
Was her father’s capitulation to heroin an unlikely model for her work?
I was making my first-ever trip to Israel to present my research at a conference. My assigned seat was the middle one. To the left of me sat a female, fully bicultural translator. As the plane began to fill, an uproar began on my right. An identifiably ultra-Orthodox man was not happy. He parked his... Read more »
I asked my friends what they feel has been most important to them as Jewish college students. A constant theme in their responses? Pro-Israel clubs, kosher food options, or fraternities and sororities are not what they cite as defining forces in their religious lives. There is an assumption that the mere presence of Jewish organizations... Read more »
Ladino is listed by UNESCO as an endangered language. Writing in an editorial in The Forward about the importance of keeping Ladino alive, musician Sarah Aroeste argues that “Preservation is not only about looking backwards though; we must be creative in how we look ahead to keep the culture moving forward. Ladino is worth the... Read more »
The call was more of a puzzle than an alarm: an automated operator from the Legacy service announcing a collect call from—and here the voice switched to that of my then-21-year old son—and I could press one to accept or two to deny. I received two more collect calls, both courtesy of the Legacy. I... Read more »
According to the 2015 survey of Conservative rabbis by Big Tent Judaism (the organization is now closed), more female than male rabbis have attended an interfaith wedding, would officiate if the Rabbinical Assembly changed its policy against doing so, and accept patrilineal descent. This survey, while limited to one denomination and those who participated, suggests... Read more »
Transparent Season 4 launched on Amazon Prime on September 22—the second day of Rosh Hashanah. “The Pfeffermans take off on a spiritual and political journey as they dig deep into their family’s history,” reads show’s trailer on YouTube. “Maura heads to Israel to speak at a conference and makes a startling discovery. Before long the... Read more »
Know about the “grandmother hypothesis”? It explains why there’s life after menopause, arguing that society benefits evolutionarily from the enriched nurturing grandmothers provide, leading to longer life spans and bigger brains. “The How and the Why,” by Sarah Treem, produced recently by Washington, D.C.’s Theater J, explores this hypothesis and its fallout.
Is it too last-century to be thinking about books in this current fraught era? Preoccupied as we’ve all become, justifiably, with the vulgarity, the bias-baiting and the attendant chronic anxiety of the 5-minute news cycle, reading a book feels like an indulgence, a willful shutting out of the world. And since the putative leader of... Read more »
Could providing website design services help more women run for office?
About That Dinner Party A new museum exhibition is the first to examine the development of Judy Chicago’s germinal feminist artwork “The Dinner Party” (1974 –79) — her most influential work. “Roots of ‘The Dinner Party’: History in the Making” presents never-before-seen objects that illuminate the installation as a triumph of collaborative art-making and a... Read more »
Tired of reading about Ivanka Trump? So are we. But you don’t want to miss this analysis. Because I work for my campus newspaper, I received an email ranting about universities and their stifling political correctness, spewing racist claims against immigrants and railing against Muslims. Several paragraphs in comes this: “[political correctness] says we are... Read more »
A lawyer devoted to rescuing women, Becker finds out what their travails trigger in her own memories.
Tenderness, pathology and fear bind this mother and daughter.
Maud Nathan and Annie Nathan Meyer were privileged and strong- willed Jewish sisters with very different views. One was a suffragist. The other founded Barnard and opposed women’s voting rights. Why?
fiction by Naomi Myrvaagnes
A Stranger in Summer Camp Reena had never seen anything like this before she came to camp —kids her own age holding Hebrew prayer books, swaying and singing, standing and sitting. Her father avoided synagogue at all costs, so she’d only been on the high holidays with Grandma and Zeyde…. Reena knew that Grandma had... Read more »
From the moment I picked up If All the Seas Were Ink (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99), I was not able to put it down. Ilana Kurshan deftly interweaves three story lines in this engaging memoir. A number of years ago, when living in Jerusalem, she joined the 7 ½ -year daf yomi campaign, which means... Read more »
The debut novel by Affinity Konar isn’t for the faint of heart. Mischling (Little, Brown $27) is a grim work of fiction revolving around the terrifying world of Josef Mengele, the Demon Doctor of Auschwitz, and the tortures he performed on children during the Holocaust. Hundreds of twins, triplets and other genetic oddities were “saved”... Read more »
Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.
Debbie Weissman is a very smart woman, a glass-ceiling-breaker in many different Jewish organizations. She has also crafted and articulated a brilliant vision of religion and cross-cultural understanding. Weissman’s impressive achievements in liberal, feminist activism span decades and continents, from joining the civil rights movement at Barnard College in the late 1960s, to marching for... Read more »
What shifts for this non-Jewish wife, so that she rightfully claims her ritual role.
Two recent books expose a dramatic Soviet-American exchange of ideas, especially in the largely forgotten pre-Iron Curtain years. Importantly, both spotlight the central participation of Jews, especially Jewish women, in this idealistic struggle. The Communist and the Communist Daughter (Duke University Press, $27.95) is written by Jane Lazarre, a seasoned memoirist who presents the compelling... Read more »
Overweight. Anorexic. Miserable. Then the author discovers, with joy and after decades of struggle, how to love the skin she’s in.
When Adina Miles created @FlatbushGirl, an Instagram account documenting the everyday life of an Orthodox woman, she didn’t know she’d be getting hundreds of people talking. After posting videos intended for the Orthodox community, followers accumulated; then Miles decided to leverage her public persona to help create a cleaner environment in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She partnered... Read more »
Sheila Michaels, who half a century ago, wielding two consonants and a period, changed the way modern women are addressed, died on June 22 in Manhattan. Ms. Michaels introduced the honorific “Ms.” into common parlance. MARGALIT FOX in “Sheila Michaels, Who Brought ‘Ms.’ to Prominence, Dies at 78,” The New York Times, July 6,... Read more »
“We talk about how many women were raped last year, not about how many men raped women. We talk about how many girls in a school district were harassed last year, not about how many boys harassed girls. So you can see how the use of the passive voice has a political effect.” JACKSON KATZ... Read more »
Nearly three-quarters of white evangelical teens disapprove of premarital sex, as opposed to half of mainline Protestants and a quarter of Jews. Evangelical virgins, incidentally, are also the least likely to imagine that sex will feel good; Jews are most likely to cite pleasure as a reason to indulge. PEGGY ORENSTEIN in Girls & Sex:... Read more »
On Week Sixteen of my pregnancy, my husband and I were in the Neonatal Unit. We were guardedly optimistic and had even given the baby a name. I knew something was wrong when the technician wouldn’t tell us that everything was right. Dr. Wapner himself came in. He articulated a few pleasantries, and scrunched up... Read more »
A young widow disobeys all the rules about what not to do when you’re swimming through sorrow. And saves herself.
At the preview of the film “Menashe”  at the Manhattan JCC in July, director Joshua Weinstein expressed his tongue-in-cheek hope that the title character, a Hasidic widower who wants to raise his son without remarrying, will become the second-most famous Jew today (the first, of course, being Ivanka Trump). An unmarried man in this... Read more »