Winter 2012-2013

Why did your therapist become a therapist? A teen fights the inner battle between outer beauty, her Jewish identity, and her nose. A Jewish mother on the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy.

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One Hundred Philistine Foreskins


This new novel by Tova Reich (Counterpoint, $25) is a shockingly daring and cuttingly brilliant portrait of a fictional Bible scholar known as Ha’Rav Ima Temima Ba’alat Ov of Brooklyn. She is accompanied by her wry prophetess the Kol-Isha-Erva (who lifts her “woman’s naked voice” — a literal translation of her name — to record the teachings of Ima... Read more »

A Letter to my Daughter


Dear Daughter,When the world tries to pry your fingers from the slippery rim of your own instinct remember you are here to teach as well as learn. Do not be timid. Grow tall as redwoods, fierce as a shark, and carry a wide ocean heart. Howl when you must. Peel onions and cry, examine thoughts... Read more »

Hebrew Names


A Russian Jewish American gets to invent a new identity — and worries that she’s blown it.



Walking in on Mama praying.

How the Blumenfelds Lost Their Women


What happens when a great-grandfather’s diary is discovered? A family begins to piece itself back together on a journey to Latvia, while the author confronts the two halves of her inherited identity: rebellious Aunt Helen’s and dutiful Aunt Belle’s.

The Locked Garden


My grandmother, my Savta, is what is known as a colorful woman. There are many elements that contribute to her colorfulness: black shawls draped over her body like witches’ capes; great fans with lace trims; sparkly polish decorating her sharp long nails; an oversized brass ring adorning her fourth finger; and a necklace of pearls... Read more »

A Jewish Mother on the Boy Scouts’ Anti-Gay Policy


Which families — and congregations — are taking a stance, matching their actions to their values?

“So I’d Definitely Recommend Rhinoplasty…”


How did one know if one needed to get ones nose fixed?

Analyze THIS


Find out why your therapist became a therapist. Susan Schnur interviews well-known therapists and anonymous clients/patients on tikkun olam, one hour and one person at a time. Also, learning in pairs, transgenerational trauma, the power of memory, and more.

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