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  • The 600,000 versions of the one thing I learned at Tikkun Leil Shavuot
    Reading text, studying and teaching it, dissecting it, explaining it, discussing it and absorbing it is my drug of choice. Last week brought me the annual opportunity we have to – without pushing the metaphor uncomfortably – OD on text. During Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a custom is to spend the night in study of Torah. […]... Read more »
  • Here I Am
    Intimacy is a scar Wrapped around the boy’s arm, A motorbike accident, I touched it, He hates it. I wanted it to be something I could love about the boy. When I was nineteen I was in a play at uni called Three Short Deaths. The play was an enactment of its title. In quick […]... Read more »
  • Is the answer a woman?
    The Western Wall is a symbol for Judaism around the world. It is hailed as a spiritual place of pilgrimage, promise, exile and archeology. It has recently become a contested site and a place of hostility and animosity. The Wall has most recently become a place of injustice, segregation and inequality, but a group of […]... Read more »
  • What Does Post-Gay Mean To Me?
    Being gay – or certainly growing up gay – can involve trauma for many people.  Trauma for the young gay person.  Trauma for the young gay person’s family and friends who are cowered into a “don’t ask, don’t tell” mentality.  Or worse still “ask but don’t tell”. Coming out of the closet involves relief, liberation, […]... Read more »
  • Dancing the Cuban dance
    My husband has a black and white poster in his study that features a classic Cuban vintage American car driving through what is seemingly a typical Havana street. He has often mentioned that he wanted to witness that vision before Cuba went through any changes, which seems to be inevitable given the current political climate […]... Read more »
  • Protesting inequality in the Israeli army
    On the 1st of December, 2016, Ofek Buchris, one of Israel’s most decorated military officers and former head of the Golani brigade, signed a plea bargain admitting to “conduct unbecoming an officer” and “wrongful consensual intercourse”. This admission came after half a year of vehemently denying he had any kind of physical relationship with his […]... Read more »