Orthodox

What It Was Like To Grow Up Multiracial and Orthodox in a Hasidic Enclave

They were older than me, by at least five years, and I was afraid. Though my Satmar Hasidic neighbors were ...

Reflections from an Orthodox Rabbi with a Trans Child

I’m writing this as the father of a transgender child, who feels constricted in a space too narrow to accept ...

An African American Jew Journeys to Orthodoxy

Life is a journey for each of us. It’s full of twists and turns and sometimes things happen to us ...

Which Judaism is the Authentic One?

Last week I met one of my neighbors, an Orthodox Jewish woman. She asked what I do for a living, ...

Two Thirds A Jewish Woman

I am two thirds a woman. There are only three mitzvot uniquely, singularly, and expressly for women, making up the ...

Judaism is Increasingly Transdenominational — And That’s A Good Thing

The Jewish day school I attended for grade school and middle school was affiliated with the Conservative movement of Judaism. ...

#TBT: The Orthodox Shul Dedicated in the Mississippi Delta in January 1923

Greenwood, Mississippi is a small town nestled in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Today, it’s known for being home ...

Turned Away From The Mikvah

I had been selected for a 10-day workshop at Yad Vashem for Jewish educators and planned to arrive early and ...

An Interview with Luzer Twersky: From Ultra-Orthodox to “Transparent” Star

Luzer Twersky is an actor who plays Mendel in Season Two of Amazon’s hit television show “Transparent.” He grew up ...

Leaving My Ultra-Orthodox Home and Finding My Trans Self: Part Two

 Abby Stein grew up in an insular, Hasidic community in Brooklyn. When she realized she wanted a different kind of ...