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Written Revolution? The Accidental Discovery of an Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Writing Group

Written Revolution? The Accidental Discovery of an Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Writing Group
By June 10, 2008

I recently read a posting about a Creative Writing Seminar for Jewish women in Jerusalem; I love to write…I'm a Jewish woman…why not? I took a vacation day, showed up with my notebook and several deliciously colorful pens, and walked … Read More

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Hair Removal is for Pussies

Hair Removal is for Pussies
By June 9, 2008

It's kind of odd how this New York Times article on teens battling unwanted facial hair pretty much sidesteps the whole question of ethnic identity (even as it spotlights an Indian girl). We Jews are a swarthy people. It's not … Read More

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Israel is So Gay (and Proud, as Demonstrated by its Tenth Annual Pride Parade)

Israel is So Gay (and Proud, as Demonstrated by its Tenth Annual Pride Parade)
By June 9, 2008

Just this past Friday afternoon, thousands of Israelis gathered in Gan Meir Park for the 10th annual Gay Pride Parade, which had its modest beginnings in Tel Aviv in 1998. The parade marched through two of Tel Aviv’s main streets … Read More

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The Jewish American Princess–Revisited

The Jewish American Princess–Revisited
By June 6, 2008

What ever happened to the Jewish American Princess? Once—from the 1960s until at least the end of the 1980s—the icon of the JAP was all but ubiquitous in American Jewish culture. The girl (yes, she was always a girl, even … Read More

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“It’s Complicated” With Political Facebook Status Updates

“It’s Complicated” With Political Facebook Status Updates
By June 5, 2008

Status update: Carla Sosenko is fascinated by the unwitting political discourse of Facebook status updates. We’ve had a presumptive Democratic presidential candidate for less than 48 hours, and Anne L. Fritz is not happy. I haven’t seen Anne in months, … Read More

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Jewish Prison Chaplains Reach Out With Kosher Food

Jewish Prison Chaplains Reach Out With Kosher Food
By June 5, 2008

Getting kosher food in prison has been a pain in the ass for a while now. There’s the child-molester who wanted a yarmulke and some matzah ball soup in Georgia, and the former Neo-Nazi and statutory rapist in Missouri who … Read More

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Out of the Ashes: A new German Jewry?

Out of the Ashes: A new German Jewry?
By May 30, 2008

Dateline: POTSDAM, August, 2005–I am in Germany as part of a collaborative three-nation research study of the Russian-Jewish diaspora. The entire seven-person research team is meeting in Potsdam to go over our findings, discuss implications, and, yes, iron out the … Read More

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Seeing Green: Should You Buy Or Rent A Home?

Seeing Green: Should You Buy Or Rent A Home?
By May 29, 2008

Tom Lehman designs software for a hedge fund in Manhattan. Every morning he goes into work and turns on a machine that makes other people rich; every evening he turns it off (he's looking into leaving it on overnight). In … Read More

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