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Spring 2010

 How 20-somethings date now. A new film about cross-racial adoption and Jewish identity. Progressive bride/ Orthodox synagogue wedding. Learning to take credit for what we do. 

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How Judaism is Helping Me

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A Haitian-American reflects on what Judaism has taught her in relation to childhood motherloss and Haiti’s devastation.

I Ate My Mother’s Hair

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I ate my mother’s hairstanding behind her, as she saton a stool in the shower stall of her nursing home bathroom,tile floor catching the silver snippetsI cut from her statue-still head. What could I do with the combwhen I had to wield the scissorswith one hand, clasp her locks with the other, Mother’s tangledbrain not... Read more »

Politics in the Kitchen

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The telephone rang just as Miriam finished loading the breakfast dishes into the dishwasher. Even though Ella would arrive in a few minutes, Miriam preferred to leave a clean kitchen. She considered it an act of civility. And although neither woman had ever mentioned it, she thought Ella appreciated the gesture. “Why don’t you leave... Read more »

Your Brain, On Love

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Some of the weird and wonderful ways that brain chemistry and culture collide to affect whom we love, and how.

Women Handling Our Sacred Texts

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Powerful images of women Torah readers, Torah makers, scholars and interpreters, and what’s behind their often transgressive work.

Standing Suspended in This Miracle

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Launching the nuptial festivities, a traditional wedding tisch (“table”) has been a men-only occasion for teaching and learning. Here, Lilith’s book editor tells what she taught the guests at her wedding.

In London, Her Wedding Space Reshapes the Whole Experience

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What drives a progressive Jewish woman to marry under Orthodox strictures in an Orthodox synagogue? Sometimes, the building itself.

Who Am I?

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Opper’s new documentary powerfully chronicles the feelings — and the poignant searching — of Avery Klein-Cloud, an African-American teenager who at birth was adopted into an interracial Jewish lesbian family in Brooklyn

How Twenty-Somethings Mate Now

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Three (very Jewish) rabbis’ daughters, inhabiting a multicultural, radically new world, dish seriously about their non-Jewish partnering.

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