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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


Orthodox Child's Transgender Journey From Moshe to Miryam

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Moshe was unhappy during bar mitzvah preparation. Then the Orthodox child came out as transgender — and a life-changing journey began.Read More


Confessions of a Christian Zionist

By John Propper

John Propper was an evangelical Christian and a strong supporter of Israel. Then he converted to Judaism — and that changed everything.Read More


Why I Wish I'd Had a High School Prom

By Frimet Goldberger

Frimet Goldberger came face-to-face with a high school prom during a vacation. It made her regret that she didn’t have such a celebration to mark her entry into adulthood.Read More


400 Years After Portugal’s Inquisition, a Very Unusual Family Comes Together

By Jessica Siegel

The descendants of four Portuguese Jewish brothers who fled the Inquisition 400 years ago recently gathered for a reunion. Let’s just say they have some fascinating tales to tell.Read More





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