When you live with ‘the enemy’ day in day out, and when you remember that Arabs are also created in the image of God, you walk a path filled with confusion and doubt.
Recent articles by Rivka Levy
This week, Sasson’s Jewish Book Review Podcast catches up with author Nathan Wolff, and picks his brain about how we might be able to solve the shidduch crisis.
Women in Theater have been providing an outlet for women-only performing arts in Israel for a decade. This year, they are branching out into a production of Our Town.
Esther shares some of the story of why she wanted to write her memoir, Soul’s Evidence, and how poetry became the bridge that brought her over to an orthodox lifestyle in Jerusalem, after the counter culture ‘revolution’ of the 1960s fizzled out.
I want to do it. I want to be able to write a poem, as Esther suggests, saying ‘Count me in’. I want to be able to live by those words, and to find others holding ‘a thread of common destiny’ – other orthodox Jewish writers who write to make a difference in the world; who write as an expression of their soul’s higher purpose; who write to put a smile on God’s face.
Don’t speak of it, holy readers, but know that there are corners of the internet inhabited by strange, ghoulish people without names or souls.
We’ve been talking about starting up a podcast where we interview orthodox Jewish authors about their books for a few months, but we finally got the required push when veteran Sasson contributor Yael Shahar put out a new book, called Returning.
While it’s easy to comment on a post – all you do is type something and press ‘submit’ – actually commenting in a thoughtful way which is not just about massaging your own ego or ‘being seen to comment’ is actually way, way harder.
The Chofetz Chaim famously kept his suitcase by his door, in case Moshiach showed up and he’d have to jump on the boat to Israel.
“Don’t forget, everyone is crazy!” he reminded his loyal servant. “Give them a t-shirt and get the heck out of there.
Yoram turned to his wife, and told her: Good will come out of this.
Sasson gets cosy with French bi-lingual author Rahel Jarach.
Pyramids are nice and all, but spending 3,300 years in exile is enough for anyone.
What is Frumlance? Q: Hi Yoel, I understand you just opened a new website, called Frumlance. Can you tell us a bit about it? A: As its name suggests, Frumlance is an online directory for frum freelancers. It caters to those working in the publishing industry, such as writers, graphic designers, editors, translators etc. Any religious Read more
Observant Women Need to Have a Place in the Performing Arts Ninoska Ravid is Executive Producer and Chief Executive Officer of the Women in Theatre (WIT) organization. Recently, I caught up with Ninoska backstage at WIT’s latest sell-out show in Modiin, Fiddler on the Roof. Ninoska, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Read more
What’s the point of writing, if it’s not paying the bills? There’s a big ‘yeoush’ or despairing vibe in so much of the world at the moment, and it seems to me, especially in the world of orthodox Jewish writers. So many of us, especially the more creative types that don’t really fit into any Read more
The first foundation of mental health: Accepting reality The single biggest thing that’s prevents us from dealing with the painful circumstances in our lives, and growing from them, and healing from them, is a lack of acceptance. This lack of acceptance impacts us in two main ways: We can’t accept the reality of our relationships Read more
Rivka Levy reviews Bracha Goetz’s latest book, ‘Searching for God in the garbage’
Myriam is a 30-something mother of two from the New York area. She decided to share the following story, in the hope that it will help others struggling with the whole issue of food, and fanatical eating habits. THE STORY BEGINS: INFERTILITY, AND THE VEGAN, MACROBIOTIC DIET I want to start by saying that I Read more
Dead People’s Stuff – Part 2 The idea that you could actually enjoy having dead people’s stuff around – let alone find it useful and reassuring – was so bizarre to me, that when my friend Annette mentioned that she was still using some of her deceased father’s items – happily! – I was a Read more