Twitter can be a terrible place (for example, it has a Nazi problem and lots of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories). But it can also be delightful — full of stories about puppies, jokes about Jared Kushner and Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order, and Russian Doll tweets. But there’s one segment of Twitter that could actually make your scrolling experience meaningful: rabbis.
Can we, or do we, see past the labels to create an inclusive community where those born in the margins need not remain there? The story of Ruth raises issues that are atypical from much of our biblical narrative, and Gleanings: Reflections on Ruth, a new anthology of modern commentaries on Ruth, edited by Stuart Halpern (Yeshiva University Press/Koren Publishers 2019), seeks to answer some of those questions.
Let us introduce you to a band of sisters with the last name Haim. No, not the ones you’re thinking of. Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim are sisters from southern Israel, and together they form a band called A-WA (Arabic for “Yes,” pronounced AY-wah).
For Israelis living abroad, one bite of the traditional flaky Yemenite Jewish pancake called malawach can transport them back home.
Nirit Takele says she has always painted about the disadvantaged Ethiopian community; it’s not some stream of ‘black art’ shown for the trendy in New York or London
Spinak hopes that “by understanding the pain and struggles and obstacles and the triumphs of Jews of color, those of us who are not part of that group will have greater understanding and can act with greater kindness in the future."
Red-haired tornado of energy Joanna Hausmann likes to explore how puzzled Americans are when she says she’s Latina
The 37-year-old icon’s voice whisks over the melody of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” the African American national anthem, like a flag planted triumphantly on a battlefield.
As a black Jewish writer, I obviously want to read books written by and highlighting the stories of Jews of color. That’s easier said than done, though. It’s not that these stories don’t exist — Jewish literature is an amazing, rich genre of diasporic Jewish stories.