About Angela Himsel

Angela Himsel's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers,  including the New York Times, the Jewish Week, the Forward, Lilith, Tikkun and online at beliefnet.com, opiummagazine.com, ducts.org and elsewhere.

Angetevka

By February 25, 2009

Not long ago, she was at a wedding, all dressed up and everyone told her she looked so pretty and then she got an excruciating headache. She called her ya-ya (grandma) and said, "Ya-ya, I think somebody gave me the … Read More

Angetevka

By February 18, 2009

My friend, Aimee’s, favorite word is "hobgoblin". My daughter is rather entranced with the word "brouhaha."  For the past half hour, I’ve been sitting at my desk happily immersed in chasing down words that end in "olatry," a suffix from … Read More

Angetevka

By February 11, 2009

February, and you are naked and glistening from a shower. You tower above me, I live in your complex, exciting, never-sleeping shadow. You, with your secret passageways, your impenetrable doors, and your enigmatic energy; your propensity for Sunday brunches and … Read More

Angetevka

By February 4, 2009

Mid-afternoon in an apartment on Fifth Avenue where I’m attending an event to support the Israel Museum.  Ancient goddesses and fertility figurines are protected within museum-quality, plexi-glass cases in the living room, while other antiquities – incense burners and little … Read More

Angetevka

By January 28, 2009

(Without mentioning names for a change) a friend of mine recently came out of the pantry to me and confessed she is bi-potted.  In addition to her two sets of milchig (milk) and fleishig (meat) pots and pans, she keeps … Read More

Angetevka

By January 20, 2009

A divorced friend has a crush on a mutual, Upper West Side friend and if he could sleep with someone with no repercussions – no pregnancy, or unattractive sexually transmitted diseases or guilt, she’s the one it would be. What … Read More

Angetevka

By January 9, 2009

We’re hosting a musical soiree in our home on Sunday. In addition to our 14 year old son, Daniel, there will be other performers, all of whom participate in the same summer music festival in Portugal. In those few hours, … Read More

Angetevka

By December 24, 2008

In the Bible, "shibboleth" was the test password used by the Gileadites to sift out the enemy Ephraimites, who could not pronounce the ‘sh’ sound. The word "shibboleth" in Hebrew originally meant stream or flood, but in English it’s taken … Read More