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Baking Torah into the Challah

There’s something wonderfully subversive about how bread-making has been the province of women for so long. For so many centuries, women’s contribution to the Shabbat table has been the food and the challahs, and men bring the dvar torah. And so using the challah to bring the Torah is a feminist, subversive act.

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The Thrill—and the Pain—of Exploring Córdoba’s Lost Jewish Treasures

But when I walked into the small chapel, seeing the partially destroyed verses from the Psalms on the walls and the tiny gold menorah in the entrance, my giddy excitement turned to anger. 


What It’s Like to Help Immigrants at the Border Right Now

“My grandparents’ stories motivate me to want to help people who are fleeing violence and brutality today.”

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A Novel Satirizes Jews and India

For some of my characters he attraction to India is, I think, in many ways similar to what pulls people to Israel and maybe ultimately disappoints them: a search for spirituality, connection, inner peace—often misguided or deluded.

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Remembering Rela Geffen

Lilith magazine mourns the death of our longtime friend and contributing editor Rela Geffen  A respected sociologist, former president of Baltimore Hebrew University and fearless examiner of gender issues in Jewish life, Rela was also known for her warmth, humor and resilience.

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Baking Torah into the Challah 2019/02/22

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A recorded conversation with Joy Ladin at Washington's DCJCC. She's wonderfully instructive, sometimes in deeply poignant ways; listen carefully here when she describes, among other things, the plight of transgender teens and their very basic need for shelter. 

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