Merissa Nathan Gerson is a writer and educator living in Los Angeles.
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A Lust for Lox

Herring curer Eric Moed bids farewell to New York with a photo exhibit about a fish of a different color

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Clarity, Away From the Fireworks

How the Fourth of July brought me closer to my Jewish identity and changed my understanding of America

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Bed Certain

Herb Foster no longer works as an educator. So he teaches the Martha’s Vineyard elderly how to have better sex lives.

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In Suburban New Orleans, Local Clergy Urge Interfaith Dialogue Amid Trump’s ‘Broken’ Immigration Order

A Muslim school in Kenner, Louisiana, played host to a night of inspiring discussion among people from numerous religious backgrounds

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From the Dungeon to the White House—Almost

Jewish dominatrix Tara Indiana is rarely on the bottom—but she was in her presidential race against Donald Trump

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Cutting Against the Bias

Yeshiva boy Daniel Friedman once built buildings. Now he builds suits to fit the changing bodies of transgender New Yorkers.

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An Authentic, Nourishing Persian-Jewish Dinner—in Los Angeles

A taste of Iran at Kan Ya Ma Kan, an annual event celebrating Sephardic and Mizrahi diaspora culture

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Finding the Magic in Shemini Atzeret

For the witches at Jewitch Camp, observing the holiday means combining Jewish prayers with neo-pagan rituals

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Sexy and I Know It

How two disabled people are reminding us that intimacy is for every body

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Black America Is Under Terror and I Want To Be Part of the Solution

‘Being Jewish in America, for so many privileged Jews—it is from a perch’

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Better Sex Through Kabbalah

Luba Saraswati Evans-Zion blends Jewish mysticism with Tantric meditation to help people connect to their bodies

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A D.C. Synagogue’s Game-Changing Rabbi

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf made headlines for coming out as gay this week. He had already transformed the venerable congregation.

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Kosher Chef Turns Catering Into a Spiritual Practice

Brian Schwadron studied with indigenous healers around the world. Now he’s using what he learned to create wedding banquets.

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Ancient Jewish Aphrodisiacs Can Spice Up Valentine’s Day—or Any Shabbat Dinner

Whatever holiday you’re celebrating, put romance on the menu by taking some advice from everyone from Maimonides to Dr. Ruth

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In the California Desert, Wilderness Torah Takes Judaism Back to Nature

Founder Zelig Golden, an environmental lawyer turned rabbi-in-training, tries ‘to reconnect the Jewish people’ to the earth

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So, a Rabbi Walks Into a Bar. It’s Not the Beginning of a Joke, but of a Spiritual Journey.

Trained in erotic massage and queer spiritual counseling, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer comes back to the New York shul where he started

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Learning About the Birds and the Bees—and the Jews—on Rosh Hashanah

The value of Jewish laws regulating sex is evident in the honeybees that produce the honey we use to sweeten our new year

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