About Jon Papernick

Jon Papernick's novel Who by Fire, Who by Blood will be published this fall by Exile Editions. To learn more visit his website or his blog. He is also the author of The Ascent of Eli Israel, a collection of short stories, and is currently adapting Who by Fire, Who by Blood into a graphic novel with artist Sandy Jimenez. Papernick lives outside Boston with his wife and son.


Last Woman Standing

By May 30, 2007

Who knew that nearly 2 years after Israel pulled up stakes in that troublesome stretch of land, leaving Palestinians to their own misery, that any Jews continue to live in the Gaza Strip? It turns out that there is one … Read More

Book Burning in Protest

Book Burning in Protest
By May 29, 2007

A Kansas City Missouri used bookseller recently burned a large part ofhis collection in protest. "This is the funeral pyre for thought in America today," he said before setting fire to his pile of books. The bookseller had recently tried … Read More

Pride of Jerusalem

By May 29, 2007

In an attempt to pump up its flaccid tourist industry, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism has launched a new campaign to bring gay, lesbian and bisexual tourists to the Holy Land. Advertising aimed at "proud visitors," features two kippa-wearing men … Read More

Photo of the Day: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Photo of the Day: Can’t We All Just Get Along?
By May 29, 2007

Bi-partisanism is a bitch. Perhaps Nancy Pelosi and crew can learn something from these Young Turks next time Iraq war funding comes up for debate.

Hardly Working

Hardly Working
By May 11, 2007

When I told my wife that we would be observing Shabbat as the next step on my quest to become the Perfect Jew, she acted as if I had announced I was leaving the Tribe to become a Buddhist. She … Read More

Rabbi Arthur Green’s Ten Commandments of Shabbat

By May 11, 2007

1. Stay at home and spend quality time with family and friends. 2. Celebrate with others, at the table, in the synagogue, or with those who can best share appreciation of God’s world. 3. Study or read something that will … Read More

I’m Hot, My Wife’s Not

I’m Hot, My Wife’s Not
By April 26, 2007

It might come as no surprise that I spent the better part of my twenties trying, with limited success, to get laid. Sure, there were flashes of passion, excitement, the humming thrill in my private places; a drunken kiss in … Read More

Let’s Make a Deal

Let’s Make a Deal
By March 19, 2007

When it comes to negotiating my way through life, my strategy can be summed up in one word: utter failure. OK, that’s two words—but one of them was inserted by someone else, and I couldn’t talk him out of it. … Read More