Elissa Strauss


Who's Making the Matzo Balls?

By Elissa Strauss

Who's Making the Matzo Balls?
Is Passover still women’s work? The first installment of our ‘Who Sets the Table?’ series is about to find out —  with a little help from you and your personal holiday stories.Read More


The Value of Shutting Up and Listening

By Elissa Strauss

The Value of Shutting Up and Listening
We live at a time that does not value teachers as bearers of special knowledge, writes Elissa Strauss. But we need to recapture that quality if we ever hope to connect with Jewish learning.Read More


What's So Wrong About Cameron Diaz's Jewish Wedding?

By Elissa Strauss

What's So Wrong About Cameron Diaz's Jewish Wedding?
When word spread about Cameron Diaz’s Jewish-inspired wedding, some celebrated. But others see a danger in celebrities cherry-picking our traditions.Read More


Looking for My Gloria Steinem or Bella Abzug

By Elissa Strauss

Looking for My Gloria Steinem or Bella Abzug
Elissa Strauss didn’t realize when she was young that all her role models were men. She wants to know why no one taught her about Gloria Steinem or Bella Abzug.Read More


Introducing: Who Sets the Table?

By Elissa Strauss

Introducing: Who Sets the Table?
In 2015, the Forward will explore whether women still do a disproportionate amount of the work around the Jewish holidays. Elissa Strauss offers an introduction.Read More



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