2016

Why I Struggle To Observe The Three Weeks

(Tablet Magazine)

A writer finds it challenging to commemorate the period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av, a period of mourning known as The Three Weeks.

This Is #MyJewish. It Matters.

(Tablet Magazine)

We may both be Jewish, but our differences are black and white.

The Ridiculous Would-be Dismissal of the Chief Rabbi of the Israeli-Ethiopian Community

(Tablet Magazine)

Rabbi Yosef Hadane was controversially denied an extension of his tenure by Israel’s Religious Services Ministry. Now, facing pressure, the organization is seeking to extend his contract.

What Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Have Taught Me About Fatherhood

(Tablet Magazine)

When both a father and his offspring are leaders, what’s the most ideal dynamic between them?

If Not Now, When: African-American Jews Head For The Small Screen

(Multikosheral)

An interview like no other with African American Jewish filmmaker Jena Maharramov on her short “If Not Now, When?”.

The New Nazi Captain America Is the Hero That Bigoted Comic Book Fans Deserve

(Tablet Magazine)

A superhero hails Hydra—why?

“Express Yourself”

(Tablet Magazine)

A video showing two Jewish girls rapping about the benefits of genetics testing has received a mixed response, which is a shande because it’s fantastic.

“The Journeys of Six Jewish Americans”

(Tablet Magazine)

For Jewish American Heritage Month, here are highlights from the lives of some incredible people, from journalist Connie Chung to opera singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell.

“Turn Up For What? The Omer.”

(Tablet Magazine)

One restriction while counting the Omer is listening to instrumental or live music. So quench your aural thirst by enjoying these a capella faves.

“Five Seder Traditions From Around the Globe to Spice Up Your Own”

(Tablet Magazine)

Jews are not monolithic, and nowhere is that clearer than when it comes to one of Judaism’s oldest rituals.

“For African-American Jews, the History’s in the Charoset”

(Tablet Magazine)

To create a charoset dish that holds meaning for African-American Jews, try including ingredients that are derived from crops of the transatlantic slave trade.

“The Budding Joys of Jewish Fatherhood”

(Tablet Magazine)

My two-year-old daughter’s commitment to living Jewishly amazes me. I hope I don’t screw it up.

“7 Mouthwatering Challah Recipes”

(Multikosheral)

Get your chametz binging on with these challah recipes!

“Synagogues Need to Welcome and Celebrate Jewish Diversity”

(Tablet Magazine)

Thoughts on the importance of the updated list of ‘Welcoming & Diverse Synagogues’ curated by Shirley Gindler-Price, the former president of the Jewish Multiracial Network.

“The (Space)Time Of Your Life”

(Multikosheral)

There are no limits to omnipotence…

“Amazing Hamantaschen Recipes That Your Mouth Will Thank You For”

(Multikosheral)

Try some awesome hamantaschen that’s off the beaten path this year.

“About to Rock That Edgy Purim Costume? Here’s a Filter For That.”

(Tablet Magazine)

Dressing like a Geisha? Nuh-uh. Wearing Brendan Frasier’s career? You’re good to go.

“Mishloach Manot: A Quick & Easy Guide”

(Multikosheral)

Purim is more than just booze and costumes. It’s food too!

“The Children of Men”

(Multikosheral)

One man’s dystopia is another man’s…what?

“What Does It Take To Be Considered Jewish?”

(Tablet Magazine)

Some of the feedback about my ‘Black Jews You Should Know’ lists questioned the validity of my choice to include certain persons.

“Black Jews You Should Know, Part 4”

(Tablet Magazine)

New England Patriot Andre Tippett, actress Nell Carter, Dario Hunter, the first Muslim-born man to become a rabbi, and other luminaries.

“Black Jews You Should Know, Part 3”

(Tablet Magazine)

Meet the Jewish star of Hamilton, an Orthodox Los Angeles civil servant, a Hebrew-schooled safety for the Oakland Raiders, and many others.

“Black Jews You Should Know, Part 2”

(Tablet Magazine)

Black History Month 5776 continues with mini-profiles of seven inspiring Jews, from actress Sophie Okonedo to author James McBride.

“Black Jews You Should Know, Part 1”

(Tablet Magazine)

They’re cool and all, but you won’t find Drake, Slash, or Rashida Jones on this list.

“The Rap on Jewish Rap”

(Tablet Magazine)

Israeli singer Gad Elbaz brought on rapper Nissim Black, who steals the show in ‘Hashem Melech.’ But does the accompanying music video do a fair job of portraying race?

“That English You’re Speaking? It’s Hebrew. (Well, Some of It.)”

(Tablet Magazine)

The derivations of the words cinnamon, ruthless, scapegoat, and amen.

“I Have A Reality…”

(Multikosheral)

It is time to stop dreaming up a fictional Dr. King.

“Four Lessons in Virtue from Martin Luther King, Jr.”

(Tablet Magazine)

‘I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be’.

“New Year, New Hate”

(Tablet Magazine)

Welcome to the bigotry that populates my inbox.

“What Is Unconventional Orthodox Judaism?”

(Hevria)

Can “Orthodox Judaism” ever be “unconventional”?

“They Wouldn’t Even Bury Her”

(Multikosheral)

If you think that incidents of “You don’t look Jewish” should be teachable moments, you’re wrong. Dead wrong.

2015

“I’m Writing a Hagadah, And I’m Always In Over My Head”

(Hevria)

Or, how I learned to get out of my own head.

“We’re Here. You’re Just Not Paying Attention.”

(Tablet Magazine)

It’s time for mainstream Jewish organizations to engage Jews of color.

“Why I Published My Own Passover Haggadah”

(Tablet Magazine)

The seder marks a global Jewish event—I wanted a book that felt as diverse.

“Embracing Wisdom and Folly”

(Tablet Magazine)

Should we continue to revere the works of Jewish leaders who act wrongfully?

“Ethiopian Israelis Protest Against Racism and Police Brutality in Tel Aviv”

(Tablet Magazine)

Monday’s demonstrations in the city center grew heated as police reportedly arrested 19 protestors.

“Can a Single Person Speak for All Black Jews?”

(Tablet Magazine)

Capers Funnye was recently nominated to become ‘Chief Black Rabbi.’ Here’s why that post doesn’t represent all Jews of color.

“Learning From Each Other”

(Tablet Magazine)

The mosaic of Jewish identity is a beautiful thing, but we must recognize and respect our differences before we can come together.

“Online Dating for Jews of Color: A Love Story”

(Tablet Magazine)

Internet, Internet, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch.

“Reclaiming My Star of David as an African-American Jew”

(Forward)

If you’re an African-American Jew who wants a wearable symbol that screams ‘Jewish,’ you might run into problems with the Star of David, which was used as a gang symbol. Here’s why MaNishtana decided to reclaim it.

“Judaism’s Racial Blind Spot”

(Tablet Magazine)

If members of non-Orthodox Judaism want to fight systemic racial injustices, they should begin by looking in their own backyard.

“High Holiday Safety for Jews of Color in NYC”

(Tablet Magazine)

As systemic racial injustices continue to plague black Americans, non-White Jews should attend shul with their eyes wide open.

“You’re Talking to Gd Wrong”

(Multikosheral)

When talking to the Almighty, you just *might* want to get His Name right.

“You’re Talking To Gd Wrong: Milra & Mileil”

(Multikosheral)

Putting the em-PHA-sis on the right syl-LA-ble.

“Ham. The Other Black Meat.”

(Multikosheral)

Parshat Noach is here and it’s that time again…

“The Curse of Ham”

(Tablet Magazine)

The commentary on this week’s parsha created a mythical racial ideology that continues to lurk in the shadows of Judaism.

“The World Is Terrible. Everything Is Terrible. And That’s OK.”

(Hevria)

The world sucks. Always and forever.

“Why I Created JN Magazine”

(Tablet Magazine)

Reflections on establishing a collective voice to represent Judaism’s diversity.

“Surveying Jews of Color”

(Tablet Magazine)

Judaism—its past, present, and future—is made up of Jews of color. And yet few studies have made the effort to learn about that diverse Jewish population. It’s time to change that.

“Black and White and Not All Right”

(Tablet Magazine)

I’ve had it with black and white cookies, those racist sugary desserts masquerading as advocates of harmony.

“Taking But Not Giving”

(Multikosheral)

In the wake of the Paris attacks, how soon we forget that we once were at the receiving end of hate.

“Mashiach Now?”

(Hevria)

A poem inspired by the poem “Moshiach’s Hat”. And the RCA. And everyone. But mostly you.

“What Is the True Meaning of Hanukkah?”

(Tablet Magazine)

We celebrate Hanukkah as the symbol of the fighting against assimilation. One author argues we’ve lost our way.

“Be More Than Light”

(Hevria)

We’re supposed to light up the darkness during Chanukah. But what does that even mean, really?

“Coming Full Circle, Back to the Old School”

(Tablet Magazine)

Many narratives from Star Wars and Jewish history run parallel. Will ‘The Force Awakens’ get back to basics?

“Unkosher Christmas: A Family Affair”

(Tablet Magazine)

‘Boy, I’m your grandmother! If I say you can eat it, you can eat it!’

2014

“I’m MaNishtana, And I Have A Blueprint”

(Hevria)

I was raised on a solid diet of DC Comics back in the 80s and thusly have a soft spot for secret identities and leagues and secret societies and such.

“The Complicated Politics Of Our Internal Politics”

(Hevria)

How do we decide what and when to make our personal stands when no one is looking but us?

“New Year, New Judaism”

(Multikosheral)

The face of millennial Judaism is more than what you think.

“Shia LaBeouf and Judaism’s White Flight”

(Multikosheral)

Is there a White Flight happening in Judaism?

“Enter Title Here”

(Hevria)

Welcome to the mental minefield of an FFB fantasy writer.

“What Side Should Jewish-Americans Take On Ferguson?”

(Multikosheral)

Why the Ferguson verdict should matter to Jewish Americans.

“100% Black. 100% Jewish. 0% Safe.”

(Hevria)

Six one way, half a dozen the other.

“Eric Garner, C’est Toi”

(Tablet Magazine)

A Jew of color explains why anti-black violence should concern all Jews.

“Why My Mom’s Not In Space Right Now”

(Hevria)

These are the voyages…