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The Jewish Writing Project · 2d ago

Semitic Semantics

by Gelia Dolcimascolo (Atlanta, GA) On the day before Rosh Hashanah I do nothing to commemorate the start of the New Year. The Orthodox Jewish teenager from across the cul-de-sac greets me w...
The Jewish Writing Project · 3W ago

A Proper Home

by Sheldon P. Hersh (Lawrence, NY) While growing up in a Yiddish speaking home, I was often witness to the respect and adoration given to the Yiddish books that once graced our small bookcas...
The Jewish Writing Project · 1M ago

Prayer, Anyone?

by Mel Glenn (Brooklyn, NY) When the fate of the world lies not in our own hands, when chaos is loosed upon the land, can the power of prayer move mountains and men? Can appeal to the heaven...
The Jewish Writing Project · 1M ago

Forefathers

by Janet R. Kirchheimer (New York, NY) I tell my father that I’m working on a new poem. I got into the poem, but can’t seem to find a way out. “Kind of like a fart in your pants,” he … Conti...
The Jewish Writing Project · 1M ago

The Nature of Things

by Janet R. Kirchheimer (New York, NY) I was eleven the spring my father singed his eyebrows off while burning down pear trees. Anne Carson says dirt is a minor thing. This is not true. Perh...
The Jewish Writing Project · 2M ago

Please, Stop Staring at My Stomach!

by Rachel Cohen (Philadelphia, PA) Recently, a woman in our community gave me a gift of esrog jelly. She felt that this gift would be a catalyst for me to become pregnant and have a child. S...
The Jewish Writing Project · 2M ago

Pidyon Haben

by Gerard Sarnat (Portola Valley CA) “Every first-born male among your children, you must redeem.” — Exodus 13:13 Redemption’s a primitive mitzvah commanded in the Old Testament to occur on ...
The Jewish Writing Project · 2M ago

Not My Father’s Jewish Museum

by Mel Glenn (Brooklyn, NY)   I am not prepared for the profusion of colors and thought that are persuasive here in the Jewish Museum of New York, expecting gray shadows of smoke rising, of ...
The Jewish Writing Project · 3M ago

Comfort Food

by Gili Haimovich (Gyva’taim, Israel) I practice on my kitten what I would answer If I would ever have a child and he or she would ask me: “Mum, where do your words come from”? Well, my Cana...
The Jewish Writing Project · 3M ago

Finding Babette, My Great-Grandmother

by Ellen Norman Stern (Willow Grove, PA) This is a story about my maternal great-grandmother, Babette Muhr, whose life has interested me ever since I learned about her from the few memories ...