During our last snow day, my 4-and-a-half-year-old took tubes and cardboard out of the recycle bin, decorated them, taped them together and started marching around the living room. When I asked him…what he was doing, he answered, “I’m having a protest.” About what, he couldn’t say, but I think it is a sign of the times that this is what he is interested in re-creating. He has yet to attend a real-world rally, but he sees my husband and me and his brother going to them,… >> Read More
Amy Kurzweil is a writer, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her debut book, a graphic memoir, "Flying Couch," was just published--and it's the story you've been wanting to read your entire life (even if…you didn't realize it yet)--about three generations of women: the narrator, the narrator's Jewish mother, and the narrator's Holocaust survivor grandmother. Essentially, it tells a coming-of-age story both for the narrator and for the narrator's bubbe, who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto alone. It's so good that The New York Times listed it as one of, “The… >> Read More
We all love looking at gorgeous photos--it's a way for us to momentarily escape reality, even for just a second. This is why we absolutely love Dikla Laor's photographs of biblical Jewish women from…the bible. Laor reinterprets the lives of women, like Deborah and Jezebel, and brings them to life in stunning photographs. On Laor's Facebook page, she explains how she lives to reinvent myths and bible stories, and uses her camera lens as a way to explore different worlds and realities. She states, "I love to photograph… >> Read More
Because, like me, you are Jewish, you gave your baby her name today, on the eighth day of her life, according to tradition.
Because you are Jewish, we celebrated with bagels and…lox. Because you live in Portland, we also celebrated with artisanal donuts. We gathered in a small yoga studio, shoeless, joyful, forming a circle around you and your partner and the baby. You poured a bit of warm water on her tiny feet in a sign of respect and welcoming. You blessed her with a… >> Read More
Not enough people read poetry. I don't know why, considering poetry is so short, meaning you can read it on the subway, while peeing, when you're waiting for dinner to heat up, and even when you're…trying to ignore your kid's tantrum for a second. Unlike a novel or short story, you don't have to actually dedicate time to it--which is perfect if you're a busy parent, right? I am a poet myself, so I'm pretty biased--I have an agenda. You don't always have to love it, but for me, reading poetry is a… >> Read More