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Book Review: Today I Am a Woman

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Today I am a Woman book cover

Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World, (Eds Barbara Vinick and Shulamit Reinharz, Indiana University Press, 2011) is at once intellectual and imaginative.

The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook: A great addition to your cookbook collection

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Hadassah Everyday Cookbook by Leah Koenig

Due to the proliferation of food blogs and cooking websites with thousands of recipes at our fingertips, some folks question the need for cookbooks at all. I am not one of them.

Wendy Wasserstein: Center stage

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Wendy Wasserstein

I miss Wendy Wasserstein. How much so? Well, when Hillary Clinton announced she was running for president, my second thought—right after “All right!”—was: “What would Wendy say?”.

"Irene": A collection of stories and poems from a life lived courageously

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Irene Levine Paull

Her writings are archived in the Minnesota Historical Society. The Minneapolis Public Library has a chair in her name.

Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: A new look into the lives of the Cone sisters

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Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel
Claribel Cone, Gertrude Stein, and Etta Cone

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s and 60s, we got our doses of high culture at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Domestic Abuse: “That Doesn’t Happen Here”

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I confess that even at age 26, my usual reading list consists of young adult science fiction novels, usually set in the future (see: The Uglies series, The Hunger Games series, The Mortal Instruments series, and so on. Stop judging me – I want to be a YA author!) Recently, though, I challenged myself to break out of my comfort zone and read a few more adult novels, which led me to “The Murderer’s Daughters.”

Q&A: Joyce Antler on "Women's Liberation and Jewish Identity"

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I first read the Joyce Antler’s book The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America as an undergraduate, deep in the thrall of Jewish feminist academia.

From Mashgiachs to the new Jewish food movement: "Kosher Nation" by Sue Fishkoff

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Kosher Nation

When you choose to purchase a jar of peanut butter with a hecksher on it or kosher chicken, you become one of the final elements in the long journey that the particular foodstuff undertook in order to be certified as kosher. It can be easy to take this process for granted when you are receiving these things in their final form, yet Kosher Nation by Sue Fishkoff highlights this process and provides an in depth look at the modern kosher food industry in the United States.

A toast to Heather!

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Heather Has Two Mommies
Lesléa Newman

This month, Heather turned 21.

Eating Jewish: 'The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food'

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The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food

As an academic of Jewish food, I’m always on the lookout for new publications on the topic. It is a burgeoning area in which new research is being done all the time and a multitude of books and cookbooks are consistently being published. Despite wanting to buy all these books (especially the cookbooks), it is simply impossible, both financially and due to the fact that I can’t spend every waking hour reading about Jewish food (despite the fact that it would appear that’s what I do to the people close to me).

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