Debra Nussbaum Cohen


Orthodox Child's Transgender Journey From Moshe to Miryam

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Orthodox Child's Transgender Journey From Moshe to Miryam
Moshe was unhappy during bar mitzvah preparation. Then the Orthodox child came out as transgender — and a life-changing journey began.Read More


Is 'Death of Klinghoffer' Opera Really Anti-Semitic?

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Is 'Death of Klinghoffer' Opera Really Anti-Semitic?
Some call it a musical masterpiece. Others say it’s appallingly biased. Can ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ show humanity in terrorists without alienating opera-goers?Read More


18 Years of the Jewish Women's Archive

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

18 Years of the Jewish Women's Archive
When Gail Twersky Reimer came up with the idea for the Jewish Women’s Archive, just over 18 years ago, the voices and history of Jewish women could be found in few places outside of the types of libraries and archives that only academics are excited to trawl.Read More


Is the 'Man Seder' Wrong?

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Courtesy of Reuven Spolter // A scene from a ‘man seder’ in Oak Park, Michigan Read More


Keeping Track of Orthodox 'Tznius Craziness'

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

tznius craziness // An ad for children’s costumes shows female faces blanked out. Read More






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  • It’s over. The tyranny of the straight-haired, button nosed, tan-skinned girl has ended. Jewesses rejoice!
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  • 300 Holocaust survivors spoke out against Israel. Did they play right into Hitler's hands?
  • Ari Folman's new movie 'The Congress' is a brilliant spectacle, an exhilarating visual extravaganza and a slapdash thought experiment. It's also unlike anything Forward critic Ezra Glinter has ever seen. http://jd.fo/d4unE
  • The eggplant is beloved in Israel. So why do Americans keep giving it a bad rap? With this new recipe, Vered Guttman sets out to defend the honor of her favorite vegetable.
  • “KlezKamp has always been a crazy quilt of gay and straight, religious and nonreligious, Jewish and gentile.” Why is the klezmer festival shutting down now?
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  • “The Black community was resistant to the Jewish community coming into the neighborhood — at first.” Watch this video about how a group of gardeners is rebuilding trust between African-Americans and Jews in Detroit.
  • "I am a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish man who was raised Catholic, but now considers himself a “common-law Jew.” We are raising our two young children as Jews. My husband's parents are still semi-practicing Catholics. When we go over to either of their homes, they bow their heads, often hold hands, and say grace before meals. This is an especially awkward time for me, as I'm uncomfortable participating in a non-Jewish religious ritual, but don't want his family to think I'm ungrateful. It's becoming especially vexing to me now that my oldest son is 7. What's the best way to handle this situation?" http://jd.fo/b4ucX What would you do?
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