Beth Schwartzapfel


Are You There, God? It’s Me, Rachel!

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Rachel!
Although Judaism is front and center in Deborah Heiligman’s coming of age novel ‘Intentions,’ at the core of the story are questions of faith with which all teenagers grapple.Read More


When Part Is Lost, What of the Whole?

By Beth Schwartzapfel

When Part Is Lost, What of the Whole?
The pace of Joshua Henkin’s novel, ‘The World Without You,’ is slow and deliberate. Each conversation, each passing hour, takes on the weight of something much larger.Read More


'Our Bodies' Gets an Israeli Makeover

By Beth Schwartzapfel

'Our Bodies' Gets an Israeli Makeover
The groundbreaking women’s book ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ has been adapted for Israel. Now we know how to say ‘menopause,’ in both Hebrew and Arabic.Read More


A Tree Evangelist Who Connects Heaven and Earth

By Beth Schwartzapfel

A Tree Evangelist Who Connects Heaven and Earth
During a Sabbath evening service one Friday in February, Seth Goldstein and his 9-year-old son, Ozi, sat with their eyes closed in the synagogue in Olympia, Wash., where Goldstein is the rabbi. From the bimah, Nalini Nadkarni asked congregants to imagine a tree that was important to them. She described the maple trees that had lined the driveway of her childhood home. Amid the confusion of growing up, they had been a refuge. She would climb their limbs with a book and a snack, and spend entire afternoons up in the air.Read More


Aliyah an Option for More North American Jews Escaping a Bad Economy

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Aliyah an Option for More North American Jews Escaping a Bad Economy
When Nisan and Gilan Gertz stepped off the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport with their children last August, they were seven of almost 4,000 North Americans to make aliyah in 2009 — the largest number to do so in a single year since 1983.Read More



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