July 27, 2020

Thought Pieces


Yael Leibowitz

A wooden figure of a woman with a void f

The Birthplace of Infertility

September 16, 2020

Navigating the precarious journey from conception to birth is both universal and timeless, and we are living in unprecedented times.

Image by Aimee Vogelsang

Shattered Symbols

July 27, 2020

Can we live up to the indestructible chain of Jewish history that the Israeli menorah represents, in the face of our heritage of severe infighting?

Woman Collage

The Jewish Woman’s Bible

February 6, 2020

A millennia-old book of the Bible demonstrates just how warped society can get without women's active participation

Greek Ancient Sculpture of Warrior

The Books of Maccabees: A tale of two stories

December 25, 2019

Imagine if Antiochus had written the story of Hanukkah... or if Judah Maccabee's mother had. Every account reflects its author's background, including the ones we have

Image by Shirly Niv Marton

Does the Book of Esther belong in the Bible?

March 20, 2019

'Write my story down for the generations to come,' demanded Esther. But would the sages do it? (Historical fiction)

Image by Siora Photography

Blame Tamar, the killer-wife (or not)

December 7, 2018

The very mistakes our ancestors made when bowing to convention become the Torah's way of teaching unconventional truths.

Image by Mika Baumeister

Voices to Listen for in 2019

January 17, 2019

In 2019 we are frantically searching for answers, but the noise generated by that search runs the risk of drowning out essential voices. 


Twinkle, twinkle, burnt-out star

September 3, 2018

The Days of Awe force us to seek balance between wonderment at God’s universe and finding a meaningful place within it

Image by Damien DUFOUR Photographie

If hills could speak

July 15, 2018

Jewish history has taught us that survival is less fragile than we have been led to believe. (poetry)