Life and Action

Letter from Jerusalem: Impossible Atonements

September 29, 2010

The Messiah hasn’t come yet. The occupation isn’t over. I keep trying to write this article about Slichot at Sheik Jarrah and something else happens, a father of five gets shot in Silwan by an Israeli guard, a baby dies of tear gas in Isawiyah.

New Fruit for Sukkot

September 27, 2010

Dragon fruit, star fruit, passion fruit–the heathens try new fruit for Sukkot.

Excuse me, Are you…?

September 16, 2010

Who are we? Like most of us, my friend David has a number of separate worlds which tend not to collide except when there’s a big event, when the inhabitants of his separate orbits are brought together and we see him in a larger context.

Nosh, Davin, Kvell or Eat, Pray, Love the West Side Way

August 11, 2010

Nosh, Davin, Kvell: One Jewish woman’s attempt to Eat healthy, Pray with devotion and learn the delight of Love in everyday experience–A memoir


July 28, 2010

When our fictive reporter discusses conversion with two ultra-orthodox rabbis over pizza, the result is of-feh-nsive!

The Shrinking Jewish Body: A Review of Hungry to be Heard

July 20, 2010

If you are an Orthodox Jewish teen and suffer from an eating disorder, there are not many venues for you to learn about your pain.

Rachael and Adam’s Uber-Rad Wedding!

June 23, 2010

Three flower fairies, a boar, and 92 degree heat–welcome to my sister’s wedding!

One Flotilla Response: Weave Baskets of Peace

June 7, 2010

When everyone is retreating into their separate camps out of fear of the “other,” I feel a special need to be in a space of solidarity. All I want to do is weave baskets with these Arab women.

Charting Israel’s Role in Progressive Jewish Identity

May 27, 2010

Anyone who is Jewish and who is not living in Israel has made a conscious choice: the choice to disown the very concept of “diaspora.”

Faith Floats: Collecting Noah's Ark

May 26, 2010

A meditation on Noah’s ark collectibles leads Angela to ask: What if Noah’s Ark is found? Would faith float back to the surface?

Like Honey and Milk Under Your Tongue

May 12, 2010

If sukkot is a gift of fruit, and pesach the sacrifice of lamb, what is shavuot?

The Ox in Chava Shulamit

April 28, 2010

Of Babies and Alphabets

San Francisco, Contemporary Jewish Museum, May 16: The Art of Healing

April 23, 2010

On May 16, the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, Northern California Holocaust Center, Jewish Milestones, the Jewish Daily Forward and Zeek Media offer a full-day of events on the Art of Healing, including: workshops on bodywork and spiritual healing; a lecture on the exhibit “Our Struggle”; a reading by poets Chana Bloch, Hannah Stein, and Julia Bloch; an interactive performance by the Playback Theater; and a closing healing ritual.

Advance tickets are just $10 and include admittance to the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibits, a free copy of Zeek’s spring issue on Healing, and attendance at all events. Click here to buy your tickets now!

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Jewish Community

April 21, 2010

The best communities are built around respect and acceptance. According to Karen Lee Ehrlichman, Jewish institutions have to forcefully embody these ideals if they are going to survive.

Sweet Silence

April 20, 2010

In a society that values “doing” above all else, pushing us to “accomplish” and “succeed,” experiencing silence allows for simply “being” present in the moment and open to what may arise as a result.

Dissonant Soldier

April 14, 2010

Joe Lockard enjoyed living in Israel. He raised a family in Jerusalem, and worked as a lecturer. His only objection was having to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

What’s Right About Lice

April 7, 2010

“Look, there’s a live one!” Jacqui pointed at a bug on Sophia’s forehead. It was hard to see what was right about these lice.

We Are All Journalists

March 17, 2010

He did his army service, however reluctantly. But he did it on his own terms. Joe Lockard recounts covering the First Intifada, undercover, while serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

Jew Jaws

March 11, 2010

The silence is profound. I look around the table at the other nine people and I wonder if they feel it, too.


March 3, 2010

What mevushal wine, teviled whisks and b’dikah have to do with evangelical prayer cloths and old cars.

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