Esther Ticktin, who inspired generations of Jewish students and turned Jewish feminism into a down-to-earth practice, died Friday at age 91.
Turns out there was a lot more to this Judaism than anyone had let on in the first 30 years of my life.
Forty years ago, I noticed that one of our members was doing something odd when the Torah scroll was carried around the community.
As is obvious from my byline, I am a man. I’ve never had an abortion or been involved with a woman who had one. But as a 16-year-old kid growing up in Chicago, I helped arrange and implement an illegal abortion in a country where no constitutional right to an abortion then existed. A Supreme Court decision expected any day may decide whether young people today may soon have a similar experience.