Life and Action

Jewish Media Split Over Innovation: 28 or 613?

February 28, 2010

[Dateline: Purim] In the Diasporic world created by the Internet, in which multiple Jewish media camps have arisen to dispute the ethos of Jewish identity, a new, significant conflict has arisen over the number of ideas permissible for Jewish innovation.

Coming Home

February 10, 2010

Remembering a Holocaust survivor who became a Sisterhood Queen

My First Jewish Friend

February 9, 2010

Meeting other Jews may help provide a child with a sense of community. Being accepted as Jewish, by other Jews, however, is an entirely different story. It may have little to do with religion, and everything to do with class.

Kibbutz Locavore: Eating Local and Organic in Israel

February 8, 2010

New to Kibbutz Hannaton in the Lower Galilee, I looked forward to buying mostly organic, locally grown and produced food. Finding it was harder than I thought.

Insider Information

January 27, 2010

When my cousin David asked if he could become a Scottish Calvinist, I felt like a member of the British Court that ruled on Jewish identity: Yes, I told him, you can become a Calvinist, but not a Scottish Calvinist–you need to separate genes from faith.

Under the Same Moon

January 19, 2010

It’s difficult for parents to let a 16 year old daughter leave home. It helps to know she still walks under the same moon.

Naming Names

January 14, 2010

Naming babies is no easy task. When a Christian in-law decides to call her new son Cohen, what’s a Jew to think?

Finding God By Not Thinking Too Much

January 6, 2010

Have I made a lifetime of mistakes – during all my years as a teacher and educator? Have I mistaken Jacob for Esau?

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

January 6, 2010

What happens when you have a friend in Jesus, and you also happen to have a friend by the name of Jesus? Proselytized to by a devout Christian classmate, a Florida fourth grader is surprised to discover that they are indeed very different people.

Kibbutz Puppy

January 4, 2010

After leaving Jerusalem for the countryside, Ner-David’s kids finally get their dog–and their mom learns that we humans truly are not alone on earth.

Angetevka: Bathrooms and Blessings

January 3, 2010

What do you do in the bathroom? TMI or a source of blessing?

Fiction: The End of Anti-Semitism

December 31, 2009

What happens when you encourage children to unburden themselves, to dispense with the inhibitions and the fears that stifle their inner literary selves? Aaron Hamburger tells the story of two adolescent boys coming out to each other, however awkwardly, in a Midwestern Jewish elementary school.

Angetevka: Festooned Felicities

December 22, 2009

A Jew at Christmas is like a gay prom date: there’s a lot of denial

View from Galilee: Why a Woman of the Wall Joined a Kibbutz

December 18, 2009

I am a rabbi. My smicha is from an Orthodox rabbi in Jerusalem. I am also a member of Women of the Wall, and on the board of Rabbis for Human Rights. So why did I decide, last year, to pick up my family, leave Jerusalem, and move to a kibbutz?

Al-Andalus: The Hidden Mirror

December 10, 2009

What if two men, two lovers, in medieval Andalusia found themselves reflected in Torah?

Angetevka: Asking for It

December 9, 2009

After her dog dies, her daughter has surgery, and she gets sick, our columnist realizes that there are times when asking is as important as giving.


December 3, 2009

When sadness, loneliness, or other ‘shadow emotions’ arise, they often carry with them an illusory weight of permanence. The transitory experience of loneliness is not, in itself, unpleasant – but the thought that it will never pass is.

Entrances and Exits

December 2, 2009

When I leave the Indianapolis airport and go through a tollbooth where “Santa Exit” is written across the top of the lane, it’s clear that I’ve exited one world and entered another.

Why I Stay in Israel

November 19, 2009

Best known for her political writing in periodicals such as the Jerusalem Post, Tel Aviv resident Mya Guarnieri shifts gears, and confesses her love for…. pomegranate juice.

Angetevka: Naming Names

November 18, 2009

Psychologists tell us that children’s names affect how we treat them. Mystics assert that your name is your destiny. So, you know, there’s a lot at stake when you name your child. No wonder the enormity of it paralyzes me.

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