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Jewish Body Week

All the articles from our weeklong series

Tablet Magazine
October 26, 2009

Monday, October 19th

Braiding Flesh and Spirit: Kicking off a weeklong examination of the Jewish body, by Jonathan Rosen

On the Bookshelf: New books on bodies visible and invisible, by Josh Lambert

Stumped: From the archives: A new father finds that the bris ends but the foreskin lingers, by Peter Hyman

Bottled Guilt: How the debate over breastfeeding is driving us crazy, by Marjorie Ingall

Tuesday, October 20th

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Why Jewish producers kept Jewish women off stage and screen, by Liel Leibovitz

Flexing Some MuscleThe boxers and strongmen who turned the image of the Jewish nebbish on its head, by Eddy Portnoy

Hunger Pangs: Vegetarianism grew too limiting for one writer, but kashrut, at least as she interprets it, never did, by Eryn Loeb

Terms of Endearment: From the archives: In praise of ‘knish,’ ‘shmundie,’ by Elissa Strauss

Wednesday, October 21st

Heavenly Bodies: A new book probes the question of whether the Hebrew God is multiple or one, by Adam Kirsch

Bell Curve to Bell Jar: From the archives: The neverending fetishistic fascination with Jews and intelligence, by Sander L. Gilman

Her Body, Her Self: From the archives: How a poet made the transition from man to woman, by Vox Tablet

Race Relations: Freud and his theories on the inheritance of Jewishness, by Vox Tablet

Thursday, October 22nd

The Broker’s Fee: A novel excerpt examines the desperation of a family in need of a kidney, by Amy Fox

My Rose Tattoo: To honor her body, the writer visits a Tel Aviv tattoo parlor, by Jo-Ann Mort

A Cold Case: From the archives: Trying to recall the exact moment my father told me he was dying, by Marco Roth

The Things We Carry: What happens when your inheritance includes a life-threatening genetic mutation?, by Vox Tablet

Friday, October 23rd

Morbid Curiosities: A tour through a collection of Jewish funerary objects, by Jeannie Rosenfeld

The Children Are the Future: A haftorah of singing praise and raising kids, by Liel Leibovitz

Body Image: How to reconcile religious prohibitions on autopsies with the need to determine a cause of death, by Sarah Weinman

Preparing the Dead: A burial society’s life lessons, by Diana Bletter

From the editors at Tablet Magazine