Allison Gaudet Yarrow


Yid Lit: Jeffery Eugenides

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Yid Lit: Jeffery Eugenides
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘Middlesex’ crafts a college love triangle in his new novel. When he saw ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ he thought it was about Greeks.Read More


Yid Lit: Anna Solomon

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Yid Lit: Anna Solomon
Jewish mail-order bride. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? And for that matter, “Jewish pioneer” does too. But they existed. And they inspired Anna Solomon to write her debut novel.Read More


Lesson from Elul: No One Should Dance Alone

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Lesson from Elul: No One Should Dance Alone
Summer is hard to take seriously with nobody in the office, and everybody running around half-dressed. No wonder High Holidays fall when school resumes and the air grows brisk — when life starts taking itself seriously again.Read More


Bar Mitzvah Boy Serenades Tornado Victims

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Bar Mitzvah Boy Serenades Tornado Victims
Thirteen-year-old Eli Clarke was so moved by the plight of Joplin, Mo. tornado victims, that he took to his string instruments. The Montclair, New Jersey native and Bnai Keshet synagogue member will be a bar mitzvah in November, and for his tikkun olam service requirement, he wrote a song to raise funds to rebuild Joplin. One of the deadliest tornados in U.S. history tore through the town at the end of May, killing more than 100 people and demolishing much of what was the birthplace of Langston Hughes. Clarke knew no one in Joplin, but he still felt moved by the tragedy.Read More


Yid Lit: Lev Grossman

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Yid Lit: Lev Grossman
Lev Grossman doesn’t object to his best-sellers being dubbed ‘Harry Potter for adults.’ The books are filled with magic and wizardry, but they don’t shy away from grown-up nastiness.Read More



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