Summer 2018

It's Not Easy

Jewish women running for office. When food endangered Jews. The challenge of raising liberal kids in Israel. A Moroccan Jew finds common ground with Muslim feminists in Tangier. The proud history of midwives?

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Running for Office

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When Food Betrayed the Jews

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What Was Cut

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When you are a girl who cuts herself, for years, with the clean antiseptic edge of a razor blade that once belonged to—well, no. Deborah never told anyone that. The... Read more »

Vote

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Today I voted for a woman I voted for my grandmother Who worked in a chocolate factory And taught me how to paint I voted for my great grandmother Who... Read more »

The Long Tail of the Bitch

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You could say it began with a Buzzfeed quiz. Remember those distractions, now relics from a seemingly cushier time on the internet? This one, in 2015, called “Which 90s Bitch... Read more »

Some Never Noticed They Were Jewish

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As an historian of women and gender focusing on American Jewish women, I have long been interested in telling the story of American Jewish women’s activism. Jewish women’s contributions to radical feminism are a missing chapter in that story.

The Midwife Divide

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The birth of children is at once both an entirely everyday occurrence and a miracle in its own right. With few exceptions, for every child born, there was someone there... Read more »

Sephardic Almond Macaroons

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Cooking with ground nuts and nut pastes was popular in medieval Jewish and Islamic cultures across Iberia, North Africa and the Mediterranean. At the time, beaten eggs and egg whites... Read more »

Prasa (Sephardic Leeks with Tomato)

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Leeks are one of the seven symbolic foods blessed and served at a Sephardic Rosh Hashana seder. I also make this dish for Passover every year. In a fascinating example... Read more »

A Jew in America Becomes a Jew in Israel

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Suddenly the State is no longer the Other—it’s her, and her family. How to confront this identity shift and its responsibilities?

I Pretended I Could Shelter My Daughter from the Patriarchy

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It began with a lie. She told her daughter that the Jewish boys’ choir on the recording was really girls. The lesson that followed was illuminating.

Five Recent Encounters; Or, “One of Those People”

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Novelist Albert lives in Upstate New York. Here’s a sampling of the unanticipated anti-Semitism she’s been hearing from people in her circle.

Call and Response

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Herron’s African-American grandmother prayed a Jewish prayer.

Elissa Slotkin

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ELISSA SLOTKIN Democrat • Primary Candidate in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District “My Opponent was Very Proud He’d Repealed Obamacare” Elissa Slotkin began her graduate work at Columbia University on September... Read more »

Lena Epstein

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LENA EPSTEIN Republican • Primary Candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District “The Beautiful Path to Legal Immigration” Epstein was co-chair of Trump’s Michigan campaign for the presidency, and her... Read more »

Julia Salazar

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JULIA SALAZAR Democratic Socialist • Primary Candidate for New York State Senate A Hyper-Local Race in Gentrifying Brooklyn “We can shake New York’s political establishment to its core,” said Julia... Read more »

Jacky Rosen

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JACKY ROSEN Democrat • Candidate for Senate from Nevada A Savvy Run for the Senate A May profile in Politico entitled “The ex-synagogue president who could decide Senate control” has a... Read more »

Ellen Lipton

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ELLEN LIPTON Democrat • Primary Candidate in Michigan’s 9th Congressional District “There Was a Complete Ban on Stem-Cell Research!” A former state representative, Lipton defines herself as “a fierce defender of... Read more »

Sara Jacobs

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SARA JACOBS Democrat • Ran in Congressional Primary in California’s 49th District A Millennial Darling of the Dems The media enjoyed positing Sara Jacobs, 29, as the ultimate Millennial candidate.... Read more »

Shira Goodman

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SHIRA GOODMAN Democrat • Ran in the Primary for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District Fighting Washington’s “Corruption of Democratic Values” This House race, in which she finished second in a three-way... Read more »

Kathy Manning

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KATHY MANNING Democrat • Running for Congress from North Carolina’s 13th District “Kitchen Table Issues” Motivate Her Kathy Manning, a former immigration lawyer, is in many ways an ideal candidate.... Read more »

“Flawlessness by Ines” — The Hidden Bruises

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Seven years after the Arab Spring, a Moroccan Jewish feminist returns to Tangier and connects with her Muslim ex-schoolmates.

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