Nadja Spiegelman


Feminist Battles for the 20-Something

By Nadja Spiegelman

Time Out New York’s daily newsletter was the only thing that popped up in my inbox this morning. After the fifth or sixth refresh in as many minutes, I found myself compelled to actually open it. I was immediately drawn to the “Street Fashion: Wall Street Happy Hour” slideshow. The Forward’s office is a stone’s throw from Wall Street. Would I see some of my exceptionally well-dressed co-workers? Maybe Time Out’s photographers snapped my picture. And, I reasoned, if by some oversight they had forgotten to include us, I would at least glean useful tips on dressing professionally.Read More


The Interview: Young, Queer and Orthodox

By Nadja Spiegelman

The Interview: Young, Queer and Orthodox
Mordechai Levovitz, co-founder of Jewish Queer Youth, a support network for queer Orthodox Jews under 30, visits the Forward’s podcast studio to discuss how he’s learned to to live as a gay observant Jew.Read More


Lawsuit Filed Over Familial Dysautonomia Genetic Patent

By Nadja Spiegelman

A lawsuit now working its way through federal court is adding an interesting twist to the heated debate over genetic patenting.Read More


Court Ruling Could Affect Genetic Patenting

By Nadja Spiegelman

A federal court ruling striking down patents on two cancer-causing genes has the potential to shake up the world of genetic patenting.Read More


The Interview: Unorthodox Desires

By Nadja Spiegelman

The Interview: Unorthodox Desires
Miryam Kabakov, editor of a new essay collection about Orthodox lesbians,”Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires,” visits the Forward podcast studio discuss coming out to her traditional parents, visiting a lesbian in the ultra-Orthodox enclave of B’nai Brak, Israel, and how she believes gays and lesbians can find their place in the Orthodox world.Read More






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