Monthly Archives: March 2006

The Zeek Credo

1. We are independent, interested in the highest quality expressions of Jewish culture, spirituality, and peoplehood. We are affiliated with no particular ideology, movement, or identity. We will not cater to orthodoxies of any kind — religious, secular, communal, or … Read More

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The Zeek Credo

1. We are independent, interested in the highest quality expressions of Jewish culture, spirituality, and peoplehood. We are affiliated with no particular ideology, movement, or identity. We will not cater to orthodoxies of any kind — religious, secular, communal, or … Read More

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Wrestling with Esther: Purim Spiels, Gender, and Political Dissidence

1. A Drag King’s Bar Mitzvah In 1999 I won the Philadelphia Drag King contest with my portrayal of metal-head bar mitzvah boy Ben Hesherman, whose speech broke into a rendition of “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest. Onstage, I … Read More

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The Piyyut is Jewish Soul Music

Reveal Yourself my Dearest, And spread over me Your canopy of peace. Let the earth shine with Your glory, Let us rejoice in You. Make haste, my Love, for the time has come; Show me Your favor as in the … Read More

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Something that isn’t war

I had posted a profile on a site years before and never took it down. There were occasional responses. In one, a man wrote, “We both appreciate silence,” and in fact, we had both written “silence” in the place meant … Read More

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Flakes

I hate when people don’t call back. As a writer, I deal with rejections all the time; it’s part of the business. But the non-returned emails, the promised phone calls that never come — these are the worst. Really, I … Read More

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A SOUR PICKLE THE ANGEL OF DEATH

My father passed away like a Jew: unprepared. He knew where he came from he knew where he’s headed always saw it before him and yet: unprepared. It happened in the month of Shevat at eleven o’clock in the morning. … Read More

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Queen Esther

Lilian Broca, Queen Esther (Venetian glass mosaic, 2002) Throughout my career I have explored relationships and the nature of the human condition through symbols and metaphors. The Queen Esther Series deals with sacrifice and I chose the biblical Queen Esther … Read More

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