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Single Women Might Not Be Doomed

For two summers during college, I interned at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, an organization whose mission is to develop new ways of thinking about Judaism and gender via academic research and art. Their internship program is amazing, an example of  a rare…

In Defense of Sukkahfest

Rabbi David Teutsch once said two things about Judaism that stuck with me.  “Judaism is fundamentally counter-cultural and it is also fundamentally communitarian.”   There is no holiday where I find that to be more true than during sukkot. If…

Jewish boat to Ashdod achieves pageantry

The British catamaran Irene, the “Jewish boat to Gaza,” was diverted to Ashdod without incident and without capturing world attention as during Israel’s boarding of the Turkish Mavi Marmara. This was the second boat following the Marmara to be diverted. Predictions of…

Eater, Eating, Eaten

Once, there was a lot of treyf in my life. Cheeseburgers, the kind with bacon, that I ate with my mom at the food court in the mall. Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. Lobsters, crabs, and fried clams in the…

This isn't about guilt

Repentance shouldn’t be about wallowing in guilt.  In his sermon last night, my rabbi spoke about this at length.  It’s something I’ve thought about before, and it really speaks to me. These days I’m pretty much never at synagogue.  Back…