Julie Wiener's In the Mix

In Which I Defer To My Colleague

My colleague Helen Chernikoff, perhaps sensing my delinquency of late when it comes to “In the Mix,” has written a thoughtful post for “The Yad,” our new staff blog.

Patrilineals And Passover

 

One of the fun things about writing a blog is balancing the dueling pressure between Must Post Often and Must Say Something Compelling.

Generally I try to err on the Say Something Compelling, or At Least Moderately Interesting side. However, sometimes that, particularly when combined with competing demands on my time and brain, means being a completely delinquent blogger. For which, I apologize. I’m going to try to be a bit better in the coming weeks.

Is Peter Beinart The New Steven M. Cohen?

Forgot those 50 rabbis Newsweek has been fussing over.

Journalist/author Peter Beinart may well be the most famous American Jew these days, at least among the New York Times-New York Review of Books-New Yorker-reading intelligentsia.

Matzah Ball Soup For The Seoul?

 

Kimchee, the spicy pickled cabbage that is the signature dish of Korean cuisine, is one of my husband’s all-time favorite foods. (Must be to compensate for all the bland French Canadian fare he was subjected to as a child.)

Shiny Happy Intermarried People

I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but Kveller has two dueling interfaith narratives on its “Raising Kvell” blog right now: “Interfaith Family Bullying: When Do You Stop Fighting and Just Give Up?”  versus “Apparently My Interfaith Family Is Too

Interfaith Families Are Funny, Too!

I have a confession to make.

For a long time, I’ve been unfairly dismissive of the “Everything’s Relative” comic strip that appears in this paper.

Too kitschy, too Borscht Belt, too Orthodox, I felt. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the majority of American Jews are not, in fact, Orthodox.)

An Odd Absence Of Women

I know I’m supposed to focus on intermarriage here, but sometimes I just need to vent on another topic.

And today that topic is, why are so many speakers’ panels at Jewish conferences composed almost entirely of men? I’m not talking about the fervently Orthodox Agudath Israel of America, although I did go to one of its dinners many years ago and there was not one woman on the dais. Which was striking, but not surprising. (If I remember correctly, the table assignments for the meal were also gender-segregated.)

Reality Shows, Purim & The Feminist Rebbe

Perhaps because blogging, Facebook and Twitter more than satisfy my own need for exhibitionism and fame, I don’t quite understand why anyone would want to be on a reality show.

And The Intermarried Jewish Woman Award Goes To ... Esther!

Apologies for the infrequent attendance here in blogland. I was on a reporting trip in Florida last week, and am still catching up on things. Plus, I managed to get drafted (OK, I recklessly volunteered) to chair my temple’s Purim carnival, which, as you can imagine, consumes just a fair amount of time.

Speaking of Purim, I believe The Book of Esther is the only Bible story in which a) a Jewish woman intermarries and b) the intermarriage actually directly benefits the larger Jewish community, since Esther is able to use her standing with the king to rescue her people.

The Mom That Has No Name

 

In her groundbreaking “The Feminine Mystique,” Betty Friedan famously referred to “the problem that has no name.”

A few weeks ago I took on the mom that has no name: the fact that we have no pithy and consistent way of identifying non-Jewish women raising Jewish children.

InterfaithFamily.com graciously put out a call on Twitter and on its blog seeking suggestions.

Syndicate content