About Rebecca Walker

I'm  a writer. I'm black, white, and Jewish. Which means I'm Jewish sometimes. At seder. At the nursing home where my grandmother doesn't recognize me. At Channukah when I put a little extra ghelt in my four year old son's 529 college savings plan. The rest of the time I'm Buddhist. And a mom. And black. And a writer. My first memoir, Black, White and Jewish describes this all personally, emotionally, exhaustively. It's very Jewish. And black. And Buddhist. I live in Hawaii. Where everyone is everything except, it seems, Jewish.

The Michelle Obama Files

By November 28, 2008

Yesterday afternoon, in tandem with my original essay on Michelle Obama below, I joined a group of exceptional women including Anna Perez, the former Press Secretary for Barbara Bush, Leslie Morgan Steiner, the editor of the best-selling anthology Mommy Wars, … Read More

Michelle Obama and the End of Feminism As We Know It

By November 20, 2008

There were several unforgettable moments in the Obama campaign—Barack’s impassioned speech about race, the DNC finale at Invesco, Madelyn Dunham’s death just before her grandson became president-elect—but none meant more to me than a two-minute bit of tape, a simple … Read More

Chicken Soup for the Black, White and Jewish Soul

By November 10, 2008

Can we talk about chicken soup? I know it’s cliche, but I just suffered the indignity of having to ask my ex-Christian, decidedly Buddhist husband how to make chicken soup. The whole two hour experience invited all kinds of reflection. … Read More

Election-flu: Are you Okay?

By November 1, 2008

I don’t know about you all, but I’ve come down with the election-flu. I’ve identified the germinology: 1. 24 hour election coverage. I’ve got news about the Mccain-Obama situation coming at me from Twitter, Friend Feed, CNN, Rachel Maddow, Chris … Read More