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Summer 2002

Jewish identity in Diaspora lives: women in Greece, India, Latin America and the United States. The Halakhic skinny on piercing and tattoos. Class and privilege in the Jewish world.

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Hyphenates Attract

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Growing up with a hyphenated last name, his parents’ feminist principles are now his own. The dilemma is obvious: his girlfriend is also a hyphenate. A true story.

Hineni

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What I wantis to say Hineni:the thrce-in-one Hebrew word(our verbal trinity!)meaning “Here I am” or“I am here,”even “I-here-am.”The patriarchs’ answer to God’s question:“Where are you?”God must know where we areso the question means“Are you listening?Are you presentattendingnow and here?” Endless ways of not being hereof being in the pastor the futureor so self—divided as to... Read more »

Tashlich

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And you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. — Micah 7:20 Let me toss these sin sandwichesinto the water, my wrongs ribbonedthrough the bread. Let them bethe opposite of fortune cookies: May this never happenMay this never happenMay this never happen Water, I want to return.With simple streams of forgetfulnesswash clean... Read more »

The Groom

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A best friend’s adultery.

Is the Hope for Peace a Delusion?

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In Jerusalem, a crackerjack journalist attempts to get one man—the Palestinian who tried to murder her father—to say he is sorry.

From Privilege to Poverty… What I Learned in the Move

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I spend most of my work time on a campaign to increase public funding for after-school programs. These programs are necessary to young people’s academic success and personal development. So why doesn’t every public school offer a quality after-school program? The answer involves power—those who depend on after-school programs haven’t wielded enough power to influence city, state... Read more »

The Wedding Photographer’s Assistant

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Wedding pictures are always the same…aren’t they?

Beyond Borscht and Babushkas

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Rachel Kranson reports on Mexican Jewish brides-to-be and on immigrants to America from the former Soviet Union.

2 Girls, 2 Opposing Jewish Culture in Mexico

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As the title would suggest, Guita Schyfter’s “Novia Que Te Vea” [A Bride to Be] is a film about women destined to become brides. But the primary focus of this movie’s story line is not on weddings, or dating, or even romantic love. Instead, the relationship at the core of this film is the friendship between... Read more »

Persecution & Belonging Memory & Identity

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Paulette Kershenovich listens to newly voluble Latin American Jewish women.

Class and Caste: Jewish Women of India

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Sarah Blustain is troubled by a chilling portrait of Baghdadi Jews in India.

Ellinides Evraies

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Alice Sparberg Alexiou interviews the Jewish women of Salonika, Greece.

Belly-Button Bliss Pierced at 40!

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One woman repossesses her body.

When My Kid Got a Tattoo

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A Jewish mother finds herself reluctantly proud.

Jewish Women Modified: The Halachic Skinny on Piercing and Tattoos

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What Jewish law says about body art.

A Nose Ring of Her Own

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Our foremother Rebekah was given one at the well.

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