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Mar 4, 2019, 10:12 AM
A Response to Rabbi Angela Buchdahl on Carlebach
I've been thinking about the discussion surrounding this recent piece, and about Carlebach. Just wanted to add a thought/observation: My abuser, also a rabbi, recorded two albums, and there are songs that have been taken up by congregations as a...
Mar 4, 2019, 8:02 AM
That Monster Over There
I am not a sexual predator. Neither are you. There are no sexual predators. There are only people -- whose predatory actions you do not see, even when they are in plain view. We don't believe in monsters. If she...
Jan 20, 2019, 9:33 PM
Tu B’Shevat, Lunar Eclipse, and #GamAni
I was born on Tu B'Shevat. I think about my own renewal on this date each year. It is also my favorite of the holidays for some ineffable reason. This year, the holiday begins with a total lunar eclipse. It...
Jan 14, 2019, 7:28 AM
Rodin, Woody Allen, Rabbis, and Victim-Blaming
Columbine killer Eric Harris wrote in his diary that he was angry that he would find himself in legal trouble for stealing from a van. He argued that the idiots who had left their cars unlocked were just asking...
Dec 20, 2018, 6:33 AM
Taking Back My Religion (After Rabbinic Sex Abuse)
Part 1 - Spiritual Trauma Leaving an abusive relationship is hard enough. But what happens when the person or people who abused you used the one thing that sustained you most -- your faith -- to target, exploit, and/or control...
Dec 16, 2018, 8:45 AM
In defense of Astrid in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is brilliant for its hilarious reflections of life among certain Jewish people of the 1950s Upper West Side. One of my favorite running gags, which is also somewhat challenging for me, is that of Astrid...
Dec 12, 2018, 10:28 AM
Rabbinic Sexual Abuse and Patrilineal Descent
Children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers are not considered Jewish by most branches of Judaism. Occasionally they are belittled or outright bullied for their marginalized status. As a result, they can feel a never-ending sense of dis-ease and...
Sarah Ruth Hoffman is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.