Category: Projects

  • How Can Our Communities Heal from Abuses of Power?

    How Can Our Communities Heal from Abuses of Power?

    “The good news is that people are more loyal to sex than to taboo play.”

  • Love will tear us apart … or not

    Love will tear us apart … or not

    With all the forces trying to tear us apart, including our own personal idiosyncrasies, it is a testament to our incredible hardheadedness that Kamran and I have remained together.

  • “Trickster Crumb”

    “Trickster Crumb”

    One day I woke up to discover that the imp in my story is a quantum being. It just occurred to me in a dream. The imp doesn’t travel in time. The imp is not measurable at times. When the imp is not measurable, strange things happen. Time changes shape. The imp divides into many.…

  • “Dina, it’s time we moved to America.”

    “Dina, it’s time we moved to America.”

    My grandmother was six and was in the market with her good friend, also six, when strangers attacked the shtetl where she was born. They set angry pigs loose in the streets, killing her friend right in front of her. My grandmother was unharmed. When she returned home, her mother looked at her and said:…

  • Tradition! Tradition! Who Has the Right to Ritual

    Tradition! Tradition! Who Has the Right to Ritual

    The requirement for a hide used for the Torah is that it come from a kosher animal, not that it be ritually slaughtered. Dozens of hides are needed to create just one Torah. And kosher hunting is quite a challenge given the fact that the animal, hunted or not, needs to be ritually slaughtered in…

  • The Rhythm of Tragedy

    The Rhythm of Tragedy

    There is a rhythm to tragedy—especially Jewish tragedy—that feels comic. It begins with a set-up and ends with a punchline.

  • Big announcement: I am writing a novel

    Big announcement: I am writing a novel

    I always wanted to be a writer, but I hated writing. So why am I writing a novel now? What changed?

  • Who Has the Right to Ritual

    Who Has the Right to Ritual

    Who has the right to ritual, to define what is and what isn’t appropriate or appropriated, to declare themselves as a member of the tribe? Mourning the more than 33,000 Jews executed at Babi Yar isn’t the only reason I am collecting recordings of Kaddish. I am also trying to claim tradition and ritual and…

  • Prayers for Mourning

    Prayers for Mourning

    Kaddish Kaddish is the Jewish prayer for mourners. It’s said every day for eleven months after the death of a family member. After that it is repeated yearly on the anniversary of the death. It marks a completion. Its meaning is unimportant. The sound of the words, spoken in ancient Aramaic, is what is important.…