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Vashti's Story: A Midrash

Rabbis Rachel Bearman and Paul Kipnes retell the story of Vashti in her own voice in this “Midrashic Monologue.”

Topics: Feminism, Purim
Phonetic Spelling of Privilege

Privilege and the Chosen People

I feel as if I won the lottery by being born Jewish, as so many of my most cherished memories and values are inherently tied to this part of my identity. As proud as I am of my Jewish identity, I’ve always been troubled by one of the fundamental ideas in Judaism: that Jews are “the chosen people.”

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Seven Lessons from our Feminist Foremothers

JWA’s Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum reflects on her experience at the “Jewish Feminisms/American Visions” conference at the University of Michigan.

Fallen "Israel" Sign, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 9, 2006

Writing on the Walls

NYU’s Birthright trip did not give me answers. If anything, it only gave me more questions. And for that, I am grateful.

Topics: Israel, Palestine
Bella Abzug Speaking with Constituents, 1976, by Diana Mara Henry

Hurricane Bella: A Whirlwind of Intersectional Feminism

Abzug is an exemplar of what it means to be an intersectional feminist. She used her power and privilege to advocate for those she described as “on the outside of power.” Being a Jew herself, she was familiar with identity-based oppression, and because of that she knew she had to use her power to help fight for others.

Wherever we live is our homeland

Aunt Bev and Me: Jewish Women at a Women’s College

This Friday, as I host a social justice-themed Shabbat dinner, I’ll be thinking of Aunt Bev.

Topics: Education, Family
Beate Sirota Gordon, 1987

Beate Sirota Gordon

An unexpected champion for women’s rights in post-war Japan, Austrian born Beate Sirota Gordon was an inspiring intersectional feminist. At age of 22, and fresh out of college with a degree in modern languages, Gordon, along with a small team of Americans, was responsible for writing Japan’s constitution in the aftermath of World War II.

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The 8 Best Jewish Quotes from Broad City’s “Lost and Found”

A curated list of the eight best Jewish quotes from Season 5, Episode 6 of Broad City.

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My Intersectional Feminist Queen, Ilana Wexler

“Madonna, Rihanna, Ilana!” That’s just one of the many unique jingles enthusiastically sung by none other than the ultimate feminist, Jewess, and queen: Ilana Wexler. Wexler, the fictional character from Comedy Central’s hit series Broad City, embodies every aspect of what it means to be a badass, world-changing, intersectional feminist.

Shirley Siegel, 2015

Shirley Adelson Siegel Is My Intersectional Feminist Role Model

Shirley Adelson Siegel is proof that Judaism isn’t something that has to hold me back from being a good feminist or activist. On the contrary, Judaism can be the force that propels me forward and pushes me to be a better person. Judaism has taught me to love my neighbor as I love myself, to not speak ill of others, and to take care of people who need help, all of which are things that make me a better person and a better feminist.

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Review: Nicole Krauss's "Forest Dark"

Forest Dark is an exploration of what happens when the relationships, material objects, and geographic locations that have come to constitute an identity fall apart.

Lisa Feld at the Kotel

Celebrating the New Moon in Jerusalem

Activist and writer Merle Feld recounts a harrowing experience praying at the Kotel with Women of the Wall.

Evelyn Torton Beck

Evelyn Torton Beck: An Intersectional Role Model

Beck’s acknowledgment that Jewish lesbians had a unique struggle for acceptance and belonging in the feminist, lesbian, and Jewish communities was a radical move. She fought for more recognition and validation by feminist activists and lesbian activists, who she felt did not take her work seriously.

La Croix Beverage Can

Oy, La Croix!

In researching La Croix and the devastating effects of our cans of privilege, I began to wonder: what effect would the consumers of La Croix have if they stopped buying bubbly water and instead used that money to combat destruction, contamination, and climate change? What if we could forgo our craving for pamplemousse and instead utilize our privilege for good?

Topics: Activism
Emma Cohn at Social Justice Conference

Post-It Note Privilege

Recognizing your own privilege for the first time is deeply disquieting. It can feel like you’re doing something wrong, or as if you can’t participate in social justice efforts because you benefit directly from the oppression of others. And those feelings may never fully go away, but that’s okay.

You Are Worthy

How to Practice Radical Self-Love

Post Valentine’s Day, peep these tips for how to practice radical self-love.

Topics: Feminism
Yuba Noodles with Tofu

I’m Vegan, But That Shouldn’t Stop You From Reading This

Veganism is hard to uphold, mainly because of issues related to accessibility. For American families living in poverty, fast food—comprised of cheap animal products—is often the only affordable option. I’m extremely grateful that I’m able to maintain a vegan lifestyle, but I also recognize that it’s a privilege.

Topics: Food
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Voting: Still a Right, Right?

Typically, walking through the doors of my high school gym brings on a feeling of dread, accompanied by the smell of body odor and wet paint. When I walked into the gym this past November, however, the only thing I felt was excitement. On the day of the 2018 Midterm Elections, I had decided to spend my Tuesday afternoon and evening as an election official, helping voters register, cast ballots, and, most importantly, go home with an “I Voted!” sticker proudly affixed to their shirts.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Getting "Crazy" About History

Rebecca Bunch is apparently a student of history... and I don’t just mean her relationship history.

Hannah Downing in Yorkin, Costa Rica

Bananas and the Bourgeois (How I’m Confronting My Privilege)

Last summer, I embarked on a URJ Mitzvah Corps service trip to Costa Rica. As part of our program we spent a week in Yorkin, a community located in the Indigenous reserve of Bribri.

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Judge Judy: Poetry Muse

Exclusively for JWA, Jen Karetnick shares two of her poems about everyone’s favorite Judge: Judy.

Inside of Quincy Market

My Power is My Privilege

Power and privilege have always played, and will continue to play, a very significant role in my life. As a biracial, Jewish woman, my life has always been complicated, and oftentimes, confusing. That being said, I acknowledge and know I have an incredible amount of privilege.

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Open Conversations and Dairy Products

“Where are you thinking about going to college?” I’ve been asked this question by almost everyone I know. It feels like after your bat mitzvah, there’s a second rite of passage that no one tells you about: college decisions. Since the winter of Junior year, every conversation seems to take a turn towards schools. The question, “How are you?” has been replaced with, “How are the applications coming?”

American Yiddish writers and poets, New York, 1920s.

Celia Dropkin’s Poetry

Exclusively for JWA, Maia Evrona shares two translations of Celia Dropkin’s poetry, classics within the canon of Yiddish literature.

Topics: Poetry
Open Hillel Protest in NYC

Who Funds Religious Life on College Campuses?

Jewish life organizations on college campuses rely on outside funders with their own agendas, and progressive religious students are left in the dust.

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