We love Judy Blume. You love Judy Blume. Who DOESN'T love Judy Blume?! So when the writer recently mentioned that she's considering adapting her classic books for the big and/or small screen, we…kinda freaked out. On August 2, she tweeted: "So which of my books, kids and/or adult would you want to see adapted for series or movie? I ask because I’m in LA meeting with many talented people. I think the time has come." The time has definitely come, Judy!! And we have five suggestions for you:… >> Read More
I love Judy Blume. Like, LOVE. Like many of you, I read every one of her books. I credit her with being one of the first writers to paint a true and funny picture of life, love, and the dark, twisted…machinations of adolescence — and she did so Jewishly. In addition to telling it like it is, Blume did something else for me, personally: She ignited my dream of writing books — specifically, books with Jewish girls as main characters. Or, she made it so that it never occurred to me not to write about… >> Read More
The Chosen, the novel by Chaim Potok, was first published in 1967, and has been a staple of middle-school reading lists ever since.
It tells the story of two unlikely friends, Reuven and Danny,…who are growing up in Brooklyn during World War II and through the creation of the state of Israel. Reuven is the son of a Modern Orthodox academic; Danny is the son of a Hasidic rabbi. Reuven's father expects Reuven to be a professor but Reuven really wants to be a rabbi. Danny’s father expects… >> Read More
As a modest, wig-wearing observant woman, I am not supposed to desire fame. “The glory of the King’s daughter is on the inside,” the biblical saying goes, but my heart disagreed. I wanted…visibility. Not the kind of glaring lights that surround Jojo Siwa, the 15-year-old YouTube diva with more than 6 million subscribers and her own line of accessories. What I craved was more subtle, sunshiny glow, like the kind of halo that envelops popular kosher foodie Jamie Geller (19,000 YouTube subscribers). Famous but friendly; accomplished but… >> Read More
Literary giant Philip Roth died Tuesday night. While the first words frequently used to describe him are “Jewish-American writer,” he would vehemently oppose that characterization.
I know that…because I got to personally ask him about it. I interviewed him as a reporter for my college newspaper 25 years ago. (Yes, I find that as unbelievable to type as you must find it to read). In the course of our almost hour-long interview, he ranged from snarky to petulant, but he was vehement… >> Read More