Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)


Are You There, Hashem? It's Me, Judy.

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

Are You There, Hashem? It's Me, Judy.
When Judy Brown started to develop breasts, she thought she had chicken pox. Then she realized that she was becoming a woman and she vowed to never, ever wear a bra.Read More


I'm a Mother, Not a Baby Machine

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

I'm a Mother, Not a Baby Machine
My story about the crushing pressures ultra-Orthodox women face to raise large families touched a raw nerve. The story went live on the Forward’s web site on Monday, March 11. By that night, I was sorting through an avalanche of emails from people within and out of the community, from those who sympathized, and those who were enraged.Read More


Cracks in a Holy Vessel

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

Cracks in a Holy Vessel
When Judy Brown started having children, she learned that motherhood sometimes completes you. But trying to have a baby can also tear you apart.Read More


An Old Dog's New Tricks

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

An Old Dog's New Tricks
Judy Brown grew up knowing some things for sure: one was that dogs were despicable creatures, with teeth like knives and claws to match. Then, a pooch named Sammy changed her mind.Read More


'Ub-u-sive'

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

'Ub-u-sive'
A jury declared Nechemya Weberman, a respected member of the ultra-Orthodox community, to be a criminal. Abuse survivors, many of whom live in silence, breathed a sigh of relief.Read More






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