Uncategorized January 15, 2018

An Interview with “In Shifra’s Arms”

Hey OOTOB readers,
I was introduced to Erica Pelman, and I’m so excited about her work. I love when the Jewish community meets the needs of its members in unexpected (see what I did there?) ways and I’m proud to feature an interview today with Erica. Please note that abortion is a delicate issue in Jewish law and it’s not black-and-white.
Uncategorized January 15, 2018

Book Reviews December 20, 2017

Movie Review: The Women’s Balcony

On the way home from my last trip to Israel, I watched a movie I’ve been wanting to see for a while: “The Women’s Balcony.” The movie, set in Israel, is part of a new genre of film that studies Orthodox Jews and actually gets it right. It’s pretty exciting.

Uncategorized December 6, 2017

Pills and Skills

If there’s one thing that really scares me about my generation it’s our reliance on medication. Or maybe reliance is the wrong word. Maybe I mean using it as a substitute or a panacea. The older I get the more I become aware of how dependent we have become on products, pills and creams.

Controversial Observations, Why Orthodox Jews do What they Do November 20, 2017

Why I Don’t Celebrate Thanksgiving

It used to be my embarrassing secret, like a schoolgirl who didn’t actually do her homework. Everyone would be talking about their turkeys, and guest lists, and leftovers, and I’m over here shopping for Shabbos dinner. After a number of years my husband would go buy some smoked turkey and have some on Thursday just so he could tell people he had his Thanksgiving turkey.

Jewish Inspiration November 19, 2017

Food Whispers

Part 1: My Grandmothers

Eat, eat mammele. Ess upp. Groise oigen. Your eyes are bigger than your stomach. Kugel and cholent and challah and sugar cookies. Pizza and fries. Studying for high school finals with a can of Coke and a bag of mesquite potato chips in my room above the garage. Every time. Effortless and guileless.