Viva Hammer


Martin Ginsburg, Who Found A Good Job, Along With His Wife

By Viva Hammer

“No one would give my wife a job,” Marty Ginsburg announced, with fresh outrage, at our first meeting.

That wife was Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had graduated law school 50 years earlier without a job, and had become a U.S. Supreme Court judge 15 years before the day her husband and I met. And as fresh as his indignation at the bigots who had refused to employ the top-rated graduate because of her gender was his glee at the final reckoning: Who among those chauvinist men had reached her exalted post?Read More


Blessed With Children?

By Viva Hammer

The story is told of an Orthodox man who stepped onto a bus in Jerusalem, eight children in tow. The bus driver, frustrated by all the chaos, barked out at him, “Why didn’t you just leave half your kids at home?” The man paused and then answered, “I did.”It may seem that the Orthodox have been blessed with high fertility since timeRead More


The Land of the Free, for Better and for Worse

By Viva Hammer

Ten years ago, as a recent Australian immigrant, I was initiated into the American rite of Thanksgiving. How outraged I was! Here we were, comfortable Modern Orthodox-ish Jews, sitting down to a turkey repast in a kind of latter-day American Christmas. My hosts were defensive, and confused at my reaction. This wasn’t a Christian holiday,Read More



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