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Egypt Seen From Above

Representation Matters: Passover Edition

This week, in light of another wave of horrific violence against Asian Americans and another wave of hateful legislation aimed at transgender people, I’ve seen some people begin to grapple with the ways that poor representation of these and other minority groups in our culture creates a situation in which they are...

Exile by Julia Knobloch

I have come to sojourn in desert vastness where the wind won’t cease Purple glow on fallen branches, palm tree fronds Gleaming copper eyes surveil the flats at dusk I have come to know you, vacant city your orange groves that grew west of Western Avenue live on in street names, enclosed...

the cover of Tiffany Haddish's Black Mitzvah album, featuring the comedian in a chair held aloft by a number of men.

Mazel Tov, Tiffany Haddish

Yesterday, Tiffany Haddish won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for her Black Mitzvah. The special was released to coincide with Haddish’s own bat mitzvah at age 40 and includes her rendition of “Hava Nagila,” which was also released as a single. Haddish was on the set of the new version...

Heaven Sitting Down

In the early aughts- I was introduced to the music of friend-of-Jewschool Jewlia Eisenberg, also the drive behind the band Charming Hostess. In addition to writing her own music, Eisenberg took traditional tunes, many of them Jewish, especially non-Ashkenazi in origin and turned them into danceable, punk, feminist anthems – without sacrificing...

Author Photo by: Ilan Harel

On Suffering by Jared Harél

On Suffering after Wislawa Szymborska Pity it insists on visiting the innocent,  the absent-minded and ill-prepared.  It greets an old tailor as he tucks away  his tape measure. Drops in on a woman  jogging near the park. With no regard  for timing or shame, it crashes a nightclub,  the classroom and café....

A collage of thumbnail images from the Collecting These Times collection.

Help Document Jewish Life during the Pandemic

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the Council of American Jewish Museums have joined forces with a number of institutions to create CollectingTheseTimes.org, a web portal that connects a variety of projects collecting mages, videos, audio recordings, documents, and oral histories about Jewish life during...

Yortsayt by Julie Sugar

Yortsayt The word came up with an acquaintance. I told him it’s the Yiddish words for “year” and “time”  combined: it’s that time of year, it’s the yortsayt. He laughed — well this was over text, he laugh-emojied — and said, “So it just means ‘year-time’?” All of our words are just...

Daniel Sieradski