When I was a student, I would always feel a pulsing in my veins when I read or heard about injustice. “How,” I wondered, whether aloud or silently, “could people just sit by and do nothing as…their government did terrible things?” (Actually, I still feel that way, if we’re being honest.) And here we are. We live in an era where we can find out about almost anything in the world with a literal touch of our fingers — and yet, so many of us feel impotent in the face of… >> Read More
Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Memorial Day — is a day commemorating the murder of millions of people, around 6 million of whom were purposely killed because they were Jews. At a time when many of us…are terrified of the emerging anti-Semitism around the world, this memorial feels like salt in a very raw wound. It’s incumbent upon us that we must mourn all the millions of vibrant Jewish lives and worlds that were destroyed. However, I would add that at this particular juncture in the Jewish experience, it is incumbent… >> Read More
Despite the fact that the past few days have been, quite simply, unbelievable, this is not going to be a piece that bemoans the state of being Jewish in America.
On Saturday, a murderer went into…the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California — on Shabbat, on the last day of Passover — to kill Jews. He succeeded. He murdered Lori Gilbert-Kaye, a 60-year-old Jewish woman who, by many accounts, jumped into the line of fire to save her rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein. Zichrona livracha: May her memory be a blessing. This happened… >> Read More
This morning, as I awoke to news that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a fifth term, I scrolled through my phone as my Israeli friends and former colleagues pontificated, opined,…and hazarded guesses as to what yesterday’s elections will mean for the Jewish state. Many of my American friends — some who understand the nuances of parliamentary democracy, and some who don’t — re-lived, on social media, their trauma over the November 2016 American election. As for me, I feel wiped out. I’m sick of… >> Read More
On this week's episode of Call Your Mother, Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna speak with trans activist and Jewish dad Rafi Daugherty, who gives us the scoop about how he fulfilled his lifelong dream of…becoming a parent. Rafi was born a girl, transitioned to a man, and then carried and gave birth to two healthy children. Rafi shares what it's like to be a public voice in the Jewish community for trans-identified individuals, some of his own hangups about pregnancy, and the exhausting but rewarding burdens of being a… >> Read More