— Purim is a dark story marked by a crazy party. I’m still unsure why a close brush with extermination became, in the Middle Ages, an opportunity for costumes and farce, but there you have it. It’s the fifth century BCE, about a hundred years after the First Temple’s destruction. The Jews who…
The Forward asked three generations of the Pogrebin family to share their experiences of the Women’s March in Washington DC. Here Abigail Pogrebin, daughter and mother, talks about her concerns about the march and what it meant to her.
Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ is the subject of a new documentary. Abigail Pogrebin looks back at her role in the musical and what it taught her about success and failure.
After a year of living according the the Jewish calendar, Abigail Pogrebin is filled with awe at the meaningfulness of holidays and rituals she once thought were pointless. But she ain’t in a hurry to fast six times again.
On Tisha B’Av, Abigail Pogrebin wilted during a daylong fast mourning the destruction of the temples. But she learned a precious lesson about the dangers of turning on one’s own people.
Tisha B’Av is always challenging: no food, no water, no sex, no deodorant. But maybe, Abigail Pogrebin writes, the sacrifice is worth it if we can mourn together the pain and loss of the past year.
Abigail Pogrebin has already endured a summer of sadness over the Charleston racial attack — and a friend’s sudden cancer diagnosis. Can an ancient and often-overlooked fast salve the wounds?
Abigail Pogrebin asks if we can said aside the debate about whether it’s kosher to include non-Torah discussions on Shavuot to celebrate the vitality of 3,400 gathering to mark the holiday in Manhattan.
Abigail Pogrebin admits she was never great at pulling all-nighters in college. But she’s going to stay up late on Saturday to study and celebrate the Torah on Shavuot.
With so many Jewish festivals oriented to healing the world, Abigail Pogrebin attended a Shabbat dinner run by recent college graduates who are devoting a year to vanquishing poverty.