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The Aussie Divorcee Who Wrote Poetry About Lower East Side Jews

By On September 2, 2016

By the time Lola Ridge really got started, most women of her era might have given up: In 1907, as a 33-year-old divorcee, she left Australia, the land of her youth, for… Read More

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Through These Poems, Lilith, Biblical Temptress, Speaks

By On January 13, 2016

 The biblical figure Lilith has been called a temptress, a “dark maid” and a feminist poster child. In a lot of Jewish folklore, Lilith is created as Adam’s first wife. She refuses… Read More

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The Controversial Israeli Poet Who Was Almost Overlooked

By On November 24, 2014

“…by the power of my yearnings/ I am in the family./ And if I will not yearn,/ I am not in the family.” So wrote Avot Yeshurun (1904-1992), an Israeli poet who… Read More

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The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag

By On October 28, 2014

Growing up in Tel Aviv, Morani Kornberg-Weiss only encountered the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine’s national poet, by chance. As a “voice from the other side,” Darwish seemed to speak to her… Read More

"My Cruel Land": A Poet's View of Loss
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“My Cruel Land”: An Israeli Poet Discovers Loss

By On September 5, 2014

For most of Israel’s existence, the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea has been discussed as the site of human conflict. But with the poem that opens the latest English… Read More

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Meat Heart

By On May 8, 2012

“God loves my hair,” writes Melissa Broder in “Ciao Manhattan,” a poem in which Broder and her Creator seem to hang out, flirt, and dress up in party clothes. In another poem, “Leah,” Broder’s biblical protagonist runs away… Read More

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Was Shakespeare a Woman?

By On April 17, 2012

Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare’s plays? According to many modern scholars, the answer is no–at least, not completely. In 1600s England, it was common to share or borrow pieces of plays for one’s “original” compositions. In recent… Read More

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The Poetry of Leaving Egypt

By On April 3, 2012

At the center of Passover is the seder. And at the center of the seder is a story: Maggid, just one of 14 steps to the seder, but the one that takes up the majority of the… Read More

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The Talmud of Jazz

By On January 2, 2012

Jake Marmer is the self-described offspring of Woody Allen and Bob Marley–driven by the opposing twin forces of being uptight (Allen) and mellow (Marley). Marmer writes poems that are autobiographical and dreamlike, telling at once… Read More

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T.S. Eliot Vs. the Jews

By On December 28, 2011

Last month, the writer Emanuel Litvinoff died at the age of 96. Litvinoff wrote poetry, a memoir, and several novels. But history might remember him most for one poem, “To T.S. Eliot,” a lambasting and inspired statement… Read More

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The Earliest Yiddish Poem

By On November 7, 2011

When we think of Yiddish, most of us envision an 18th-century Jewish shtetl in Poland or Russia, with Hasidic men in fur hats and bubbies in babushkes. But Yiddish, the Hebrew-German hybrid, actually started out… Read More

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Emma Lazarus Live!

By On November 1, 2011

If you’ll be passing through New York City this fall, we’ve got a great tour for you–and a great tour guide. The Museum of Jewish Heritage’s newest exhibit, “Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles,” opened… Read More