For two years, I had been attending Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings, specifically groups within those categories that offer support and help to those affected by someone else’s addiction. At most…meetings, I was the only Jewish person present. I was there because recently, the novel I wrote about being the Jewish daughter of a heroin addict caused me to revisit repressed childhood traumas that were still haunting me. To publicize my book, and to convey its message that Jewish addicts no longer had to suffer… >> Read More
Often times, when you hear about someone transitioning to another gender, you often don't hear about their journey being taken with another member of their family. This is exactly what happened when…Eric and Corey Maison, now father and daughter (formerly mother and son), realized they are transgender at the same time, according to People. In many ways, Eric and Corey's transition was made easier by the fact that they were there for each other in a very emotional time. Eric and Corey, who were included in National Geographic‘s Gender… >> Read More
Wondering aloud why my California-based sister would be calling at 7 a.m. Boston time, my husband picked up his buzzing phone. Something had happened to my dad. A blood clot, brain surgery later that…day. The doctor suggested that family members come to the hospital. It wasn’t clear what the outcome of the surgery would be. On the face of it, deciding where my body belonged that frightening day was obvious and simple. But thanks to inopportune timing, clarity evaporated. When that phone rang, I was living in a hotel… >> Read More
This Wednesday, on International Women's Day, many activists are calling for a women's strike, using the #daywithoutawoman hashtag on social media. As some of our writers have already noted, it's…interesting that this observance comes right before Purim, a holiday in which Jews think about Esther and Vashti's resistance (you might say Vashti went on strike, right?) against dictatorial male authority. So how does one participate in the strike, and what about the rumors that some Jews are uncomfortable with the organizers' backgrounds? We're here to give… >> Read More
I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married.
I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my…parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of this notion—we attended services at the local Lutheran church on Christmas Eve, but beyond that and spending a week or so at an Episcopal church camp for a few summers, I didn't have much of a religious identity.… >> Read More