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From the edge of the Diaspora rises a new generation of Jewish mother

Last Build Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:43:59 +0000


Bat Mitzvah Speech from a Feminist Jewish Mother

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:43:59 +0000

Oh, milestones! My dear daughter recently became a bat mitzvah, and I’ve received several requests to post the speech I gave to her. Dearest daughter ~ My baby girl woman, this is amazing, to be with you on the bima … Continue reading

The Yenta Immortalized in Yarn and Sequins

Mon, 23 May 2016 17:53:47 +0000

Fiber artist and SCAD MFA student Willian Nassu creates incredible textiles on a Jacquard loom. This Brazilian-born whiz marries old school technique with high-tech tools, fitting the 19th-century loom with a computer to project his designs. For his thesis exhibition, … Continue reading

Me and Sylvia and Nicole Hollander

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:05:14 +0000

I had the honor and pleasure of hanging out with a childhood idol this week–or the woman behind the idol, anyway. Feminist, Sylvia cartoonist and Chicago escape artist (in that order) Nicole Hollander is in Savannah, and I wrote a … Continue reading

In Loving Memory: Marcia Lebos, 1942-2015

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:42:47 +0000

It’s been a hectic few months in Yentaland, and some readers may know that we lost my mother-in-law at Thanksgiving. It was a very long twilight for this sweet, special lady, and while her passing brings relief from her suffering, … Continue reading

i-Shiva or i-Shanda?

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 14:42:00 +0000

So I was lamenting the dearth of Rosh Hashanah parodies on Twitter recently (do you follow @yoyenta? Please do!) and lo and behold, my mother sends me a link to this. While it has nothing to do with the Days … Continue reading

Phoenix: A Holocaust Film For the Faint of Heart

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:55:51 +0000

For the most part, any movie about the Holocaust or its aftermath is a trigger for me. I tend to shy away from them, not because I don’t think they’re important and that I want quash history, but because I … Continue reading

Time for (Local) Honeycakes from Savannah Bee Co.!

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:51:36 +0000

Listen, we all know I have a honeycake burning problem. Every Rosh Hashanah, my loaves of love turn into shriveled bricks of charcoal, in spite of nice organic ingredients, Sister Sadie’s recipe and a ton of good intentions. For the … Continue reading

Jewels of Elul: 10 Years of Inspiration from Craig ‘N Co

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:58:16 +0000

Every year for the past decade, iconic musical leader and silver fox Craig Taubman has published a sweet little book of inspirations prior to the Jewish High Holy Days. Jewels of Elul is meant to help get us in the … Continue reading

The Yenta’s Wet Hot American Summer Comes to A Close

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:01:25 +0000

So, embarrassing fact: I just watched Wet Hot American Summer for the first time last week. I KNOW. A movie about the last day of Jewish summer camp starring the favorite funny people of my generation has been streaming on … Continue reading

Legends, God and Gold: A Review of Paris Lamb by Marcia Fine

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:37:43 +0000

My favorite part of Raiders of the Lost Ark, other than when Marion drinks the big Nepalese dude under the table, is the mystery of the ark itself. The idea that the tablets handed down to Moses and other holy … Continue reading