A biblical revisioning
A biblical revisioning
She is the braid of the challah twisted between second grade bible stories and the breath of modern Israel. She is turning off the oven, placing trays of sliced meat and bowls of sectioned fruit onto the lazy Susan. She is the candle that has not yet been lit, the matches on the ledge behind... Read more »
A short story by Courtney Sender
In April, Hillel of Columbia University and Barnard College hosted its first-ever Jewish Feminism week, organized by the non-denominational group Jewish Women on Campus. The group also organized a campaign encouraging students to post images showing “what a Jewish feminist looks like.” Here, some quotes and images from the group’s Facebook page, reproduced with the... Read more »
Is camp a place for exploration —or indoctrination? Maya Zinkow speaks out on sex, ritual and gender identity in Jewish summer camp.
From Yemenite wedding ornaments to daring modernist designs, Israel’s creators of wearable art cross cultural divides. How did they become such boundary breakers?
The writer witnesses terrorism from her kitchen and can’t make sense of why her face is front-page news.
What happens when her Persian father won’t let her go to college.
a spiritual recollection by Gail Hosking
Guided by the poems of Leah Goldberg, Malka Heifetz Tussman, and Zelda, liturgist Marcia Falk and Rabbi Susan Schnur create a new vision of spiritual turning that focuses on water...and women in conversation.
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek famously criticized the way fat-free chocolate and decaf coffee have allowed us to rid ourselves of our guilt in today’s consumerist culture. Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom extends this dystopian vision in her new novel Textile (The Feminist Press, $18.95; translation by Dalya Bilu), where housing developments are built with no ecosystem,... Read more »
I read Panic in a Suitcase, the debut novel by Yelena Akhtiorskaya, by the ocean. At Brighton Beach, in fact—the fertile backdrop for this chaotic family saga. Reading the story on the shores of the Atlantic, it was easy to imagine the sundry oddball siblings stalking across the streets and into the bodegas and bakeries of... Read more »
Calling Roz Chast’s new book a tearjerker would be silly. The graphic memoir will evoke noises from you that a normal crying person would not make: low moans, ragged breathing. It took me a second to realize that the Sounds of Grief were coming out of me—I was the person enjoying this fantastically quick-witted, sweet,... Read more »
When twenty-five-year-old Shani Boianjiu served as an infantry instructor in the Israel Defense Forces, her job occasionally involved having to touch other soldiers—teaching her students how to hold a gun correctly, how to lie on the ground in position, or how to protect themselves from enemy attack. Although this was an acceptable part of the... Read more »
Four new collections of poetry by Ellen Bass, Robin Becker, Alicia Ostriker, and Maxine Kumin demonstrate how powerful Jewish feminism is in the consciousness of American poetry. Ellen Bass, co-editor of the ground- breaking anthology of women’s poetry No More Masks! and self-help best-seller The Courage to Heal, reminds us of the vast universe that... Read more »
In the flickering embers of her romance with an Episcopalian graduate student, Blicher finds Jewish praxis catching fire. How come?
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In which a seventeen-year-old struggles to live solo in New York, sent away by her ultra-Orthodox family.
Hilary Green-Lerman, a 25-year-old computational biochemist, shares hard-won wisdom.
When I think back on my Orthodox high school Jewish education, the majority of what I can remember has to do with the laws of modesty. One year my Jewish law class spent the entire year going through a book called Hatznea Lechet (The Modest Way), a compendium of sources having to do with how women should... Read more »
“Zero Motivation” is a new and delightfully poignant Israeli film that zings myths of women’s equal participation in the Israeli army, with frank humor and staple guns to battle the military’s bureaucracy and sexism. Inspired by her own experiences with other women relegated to boring assignments in administrative offices for their mandatory two-year army service, writer/director Talya... Read more »
For Annette Ezekiel Kogan, founder, vocalist and accordionist of the punk klezmer band Golem, being the female bandleader of an all-male band is a complicated balancing act. “I feel like I go in between worlds —I’m the sexy singer, and then I’m conducting, running the show. I’m the band mother to all the guys.” Kogan... Read more »
Susan Weidman Schneider asks: "Is our anger overtaken by our need for nuance?"