Spring 2019


"Unfaithful," the theme of 3 prize-winning short stories • Israel's little-known School for Peace and the woman who created it • The new questions those male policy-makers didn't know to ask

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It Belongs to My Brothers


But what is respected in my community as the more intellectually rigorous and important body of text, the Talmud, makes me feel like a stranger in my own faith. 

The New Questions


A series of harassment allegations against prominent Jewish sociologist Steven M. Cohen, exposed in the Jewish Week last summer, sent the Jewish academic and institutional world reeling—not just because of the personal #MeToo stories... Read more »

A School for Peace


The summer of 2018 saw a breakthrough for female recruits joining the male-dominated ranks of the combat units in the Israel Defense Forces. Some 1000 young women volunteered for combat duty, 150 more female recruits than... Read more »

Fiction: What Forgiveness Might Look Like


Dana and her husband, Jonathan, stand next to each other on a footbridge, separated by a loaf of stale bread and a gulf of regret. Below them, a few dozen members of... Read more »

On the Coattails of Other People’s Grief


The first of February 2018 was unseasonably warm. A crowd of people had gathered outside the Jerusalem Theatre where Haim Gouri’s coffin was lying in state. White plastic chairs set out in... Read more »

Fiction: That Dad with White Socks


So there’s this dad in the kindergarten (yeah, that’s how mom porn begins) who takes off his sneakers in the hallway and enters the room in socks. He’s the dad who sits... Read more »

Women Shake Things Up in a Major Statehouse


For decades, women in New York facing heartbreaking medical issues in the later months of pregnancy had to fly to other states for terminations, thanks to outdated abortion laws. This January, after years of lobbying,... Read more »

“In Vain, My Attempts to Be Reasonable”


“I WAS 29 YEARS OLD when I decided to have a child.” Radical firebrand Matilda Rabinowitz had already led an extraordinary life by age 29. She was an elected Socialist Party leader, an... Read more »

The Matron Saint of Israeli Feminism


Alice Shalvi's decades of activism.

Fiction: A Serious Infatuation


FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS I’VE SAT in Margo G.’s office as she prepares to counsel grieving families. At first it was twice a week. Now, I manage a visit every day.... Read more »

Poetry: Brisket Wars


The oven preheats to 325. Mama prepares the brisket. In the warming kitchen, she follows her recipe for the meat as her mother and grandmother had, tenderly placing the slab... Read more »

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