Summer 2014

Season of Transformation

High Holidays 2014--Prepare for change with a woman's tashlich. What did Lot's wife really do? Roz Chast draws her parents; you weep.When a feminist goes to Jewish summer camp.

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Lot’s Wife


A biblical revisioning 

The Shabbat Before Her Wedding


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... Read more »



A short story by Courtney Sender

A Feminist Camp Counselor Unpacks Her Baggage


Is camp a place for exploration —or indoctrination? Maya Zinkow speaks out on sex, ritual and gender identity in Jewish summer camp.

The Art of Ornament


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 Explosion


The writer witnesses terrorism from her kitchen and can’t make sense of why her face is front-page news. 

Under the Covers


What happens when her Persian father won’t let her go to college.

Hineni: Here I Am


a spiritual recollection by Gail Hosking    

A Woman’s Tashlich


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. 

Hear, O Israel: How My Church-Going Boyfriend Made Me a Jew


In the flickering embers of her romance with an Episcopalian graduate student, Blicher finds Jewish praxis catching fire. How come? 

Cut Loose


In which a seventeen-year-old struggles to live solo in New York, sent away by her ultra-Orthodox family. 

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