fiction by Shelly R. Fredman

Bathing Pearl

Healing: Resentment becomes love

For 40 years my grandfather Ben saved a thick ponytail of my grandmother’s beautiful russet hair. He kept it in a small, silver box, wrapped in tissue paper, folded over upon itself like some precious, irreplaceable egg. One of my last visits to my grandparents’ house was a late Friday afternoon right after Thanksgiving. As my sister and I walked beneath bending sycamores and maples, small golden leaves drifted all around us. Sabbath dinners warmed in my neighbors’ houses—the smells of roasting chickens, sweet potatoes, brown loaves of bread filled the streets.

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Is Our Suffering Transformative?

The articles in this special section:

Broken Tablets/ Scattered Light

by Tamara M. Green

"Everywhere I read that we are created in God’s image. What about me? Does God also walk with crutches, have difficulty breathing? Why did God do such a lousy job with my body?" One professor asks the questions; Rachel Naomi Remen and Rabbi Shoni Labovitz offer partial answers.

Bathing Pearl

fiction by Shelly R. Fredman

Eldercare: A granddaughter moves from hostility to love.

How Did They Get Into Her Womb?

by Sarah Blustain

Judith Helfand lost her reproductive system at 25 thanks to the "wonder drug" her mother took while pregnant. As "A Healthy Baby Girl"—Helfand’s startling film about being a DES daughter—heads to the Sundance Festival, Helfand talks about her mom, her politics and the community of filmmakers who’ve helped her heal.

Sacrifice

fiction by Batya Swift Yasgur

Healing : A survivor' s guilt becomes peace