Siân Gibby is Tablet Magazine’s copy editor. She is writing a book about Jewish identity.
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The Transgressive Spirit of Purim

I’ve spent years trying to find a costume, from Kurt Cobain to my own cat, that reflects a hidden side of my personality

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Billy Eichner’s Brand of Jewish Comedy

Billy on the Street is in-your-face, outrageous, and completely brilliant

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After Passover, Counting the Omer With Mussar

Embracing a simple, rewarding practice devoted to Jewish moral conduct

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After My Mother Died, Another Woman Took Me Under Her Jewish Wing

When I converted to Judaism, I found the ‘Jewish mother’ I never had—a woman who resembled my own mom in surprising ways

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The Final Telegram Will Be Sent This Weekend

My vivid memory of the only telegram I’ve ever received

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A Convert’s First Simchat Torah

When the holiday turned my synagogue into a chaotic nightclub, I finally felt like part of the Jewish community

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A Different Voice

When a woman learns the art of Torah chanting, she realizes she is part of a new religious tradition—as well as a very old, sacred one

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White Flags

After Sept. 11, artist Aaron Fein began to make national flags out of white fabric; they became symbols not of nations but of community and refuge

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Singer’s Typewriter, Heschel’s Suits

The things we carry

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Push-Pull

I became a Jew at the age of 39, and I love my new faith. But learning to embrace Jewish food—especially at Passover—was another story.

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‘Imagining Heschel’ In the Wrong Places

An evening with the great rabbi and his daughter

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On Shavuot, Finding Myself at Sinai. Again.

A convert to Judaism discusses why the sleepless, all-night study sessions make this her favorite holiday