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The Doula Extraordinaire of Crown Heights

By Chaya Bar-Chaim

Rochel Vail has helped birth more than 2,000 babies. No wonder she didn’t blink an eyelid at helping a woman give birth in an upstate New York rest stop bathroom.Read More


The Land of Milk, Honey and Marlboro Reds

By Avital Norman Nathman

Avital Norman Nathman smoked her first cigarette in Israel. When she returned years later with her son, its culture of puffing seemed way less glamorous.Read More


Hasidic in the Heat

By Lenore Skenazy

To the rest of the world, Hasidic clothing looks unbearably hot. But does focusing on someone else’s discomfort reflect our own discomfort with religious dress?Read More


My Time at Satmar Summer Camp

By Frimet Goldberger

Frimet Goldberger fondly looks back at summers spent at New York’s first camp for Satmar girls. Competition for neatest bunk was fierce — and girl crushes were common.Read More


Jennifer Weiner Questions Genre and Gender in the Literary World

By Margaret Eby

Jennifer Weiner is known as a best-selling author of fiction aimed at women. But what keeps her up at night is how the literary establishment pigeonholes writers by genre and gender.Read More


Secrets of My Mother's Jewelry Box

By Candy Schulman

When her mother died, Candy Shulman inherited a safety deposit box. Inside, she found her mother’s most precious belongings — and some deep revelations.Read More


Yiddish Tomes Go Digital With DIY Scanner

By Jon Kalish

When the National Yiddish Book Center got a new scanner to digitize old books, it needed hardware that could deal with fragile print and technology-averse users.Read More


Israel, Meet Lacrosse

By Danielle Schlanger

Most Israeli children have never heard of lacrosse — let alone played the sport. A not-for-profit founded by American Scott Neiss is trying to change that.Read More


A Six-Year-Old Orthodox Boy and His Barbie Dolls

By Roz Warren

Roz Warren is a secular Jew. Babysitting for an Orthodox family has meant learning what it means to live a Torah-centered life — and that Barbie dolls can dress modestly.Read More


A Daughter's Love for Jewish Dad — and Soccer — Spans Generations

By Jill Klein

Jill Klein inherited a love of soccer from her father, a Holocaust survivor. The dad cheered on his local Czech team with his own father — before they were both deported to Auschwitz.Read More





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