Natalie and Me

In 2004, Natalie Portman—likely to win a Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan this weekend—spent a year at Hebrew University. So did I, and it’s her fault I started smoking.

There She Is

There hasn’t been a Jewish Miss America since Bess Meyerson in 1945. With Loren Galler Rabinowitz set to compete for her crown Saturday, a writer considers the legacy of a Jewish queen of femininity.

Arguable

In a new memoir, Mark Oppenheimer recounts how competitive debate saved his youth

Sisters in Arms

Playing the defiant Vashti in a day school Purim play awakened my inner feminist

On Not Learning to Flirt

On Valentine’s Day, reflecting on the limits and boundlessness of a father’s love

Is Yoga Kosher?

How a Modern Orthodox Jew struggled to reconcile her yogic practice with her Judaism

My Rose Tattoo

To honor her body, the writer visits a Tel Aviv tattoo parlor

Her Body, Her Self

From the archives: How a poet made the transition from man to woman

Terms of Endearment

From the archives: In praise of ‘knish,’ ‘shmundie,’ and other Yiddish slang for vagina

Teen Shpilkes

Young-adult novelist Norma Klein taught me about sex and feminism, in a very Jewish world

Walk Like a Man

A divorcee reenters the world of dating

‘Ghostbusters: The Video Game,’ is Based on the 1984 Film Co-Written By Harold Ramis

Haunted Ham: The new ‘Ghostbusters’ videogame rewards the kosher

Dyspeptic Academic

The stomach churning persistence of the Jewish day school experience

Her Body, Her Self

What it meant for one person, born male, to become a woman

Having a Ball

A writer tries digesting the reasons that anger eats away at him

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