Finding words for postpartum depression, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat bravely reflects on her difficult adjustment to motherhood, sharing a deeply personal journey and the poetry that helped her navigate this new terrain, ultimately savoring both the bitter and the sweet. This Mother’s Day, she tells struggling new moms: It gets better.
As we mourn for Boston, we share this small roundup of early Jewish responses.
The Icarus Project founder talks to an old punk pal, journalist Jennifer Bleyer, “about madness, social justice and his recently sparked Jewish identity on the eve of his cross-country book tour for Maps to the Other Side.”
If Twitter is all about about capturing a moment in time, what happens when we look back? @EstherK reflects on the Twitter trail of Limmud NY 2013. From @ to #.
The variety of “Sh-t Jews Say” videos reveal much about how American Jews see themselves in relation to each other and to the society in which they live.
Liturgy and family, awe and anger, these mixed ingredients produce a book best savoured in small bites.
In Israel, the conflation of the personal and the political is unavoidable, where the simple fact of what neighborhood, city, or part of the country you live in has implications far beyond yourself.
The Merchant of Venice provides us with a psychological portrait not of the Jews, but of antisemites, whose hatred relieves them from guilt while simultaneously helping them achieve a selfish goal.
Kafka asks, What have I in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself!” This thought guides the essays collected in Radical Poetics, a new anthology by Stephen Paul Miller and Daniel Morris.
Bill Morgan’s new edition of Kaddish finally gives us a full picture of Ginsberg’s mother, to whom the poem is dedicated.
Bad spelling, weird mashups, yutz yiddish–can you beat klezmer musicians at their own game?
Can an Ashkenazi edit a Sephardi anthology? Are there Jewish public intellectual role models today? What should be the role of identity politics?
Though murdered at Auschwitz, Felix Nussbaum painted his life, not his death. Rediscover this 20th century artist in Paris, or in Lipton’s words here.
A founder of post-Kantian German Idealism; a predecessor of French post-structuralism; a guy who thought he could become invisible–meet Salomon Maimon.
My mother had taken the deer roast out of the freezer; my brother Ed was on his way over with some squirrels for my mother to fry up….
Aaron Rosen reviews David Kaufmann’s new book, Telling Stories: Philip Guston’s Later Works (University of California, 2010).
Philip Hollander reviews Amy Horowitz’s Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic (Wayne State University, 2010).
Zeek has an excerpt of Adam Levin’s novel, The Instructions, which tells the story of young Gurion ben-Judah Maccabee, scholar at Aptakisic alternative junior high.
What Jewish news outlets for youth get wrong: Why they should provide content to make kids (and their parents) laugh about Israel – instead of making them feel disheartened or angry.
Joanna Steinhardt examines the Jewish gangster mythos, and why it’s only nostalgic, and doesn’t apply to the crooks of today.
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