Deborah Brodie

They were all Orthodox

For years I couldn’t make gefilte fish without thinking of K’tonton sitting on the chopping blade—a story [by Sadie Rose Weilerstein] I had read myself as a child and later shared with my children. All-of-a-Kind Family sparking dreams of being in a large, loving family that celebrated all the holidays with joy. Rereading both books today brings a shock: their Jewishness is Orthodox in all details. Thank goodness for writers like Barbara Diamond Goldin and Nina Jaffe who compress Jewish values and modern feminist sensibilities into beautifully crafted works for the next generation.

Deborah Brodieexecutive editor of Viking Children’s Books, works on books for Preschool through Young Adult, including many with Jewish content.

Sugar & Spice – and Beyond

The articles in this special section:

Girls Who Thought about Sex

Barbara Brenner

They were all Orthodox

Deborah Brodie

So I Had to Write it Myself

Floreva G. Cohen

Safe in America

Paula J. Caplan

Sarah Was My Soulmate

Rebecca Goldstein

God Will Have to Allow It

Esther Hautzig

The Impact of Reality

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Jewish Rabbits

Rachel Kadish

Searching for Jewish Clues

Johanna Hurwitz

The Book under My Pillow

Leslea Newman

Please Write One More…

Elizabeth Michaelson

Deborah & Letty

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Feminist (But Not Jewish)

Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Jewish (But Not Feminist)

Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Books for the 90s

Sara N.S. Meirowitz