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Chaya Kurtz

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Ballet Saved Me From Committing Suicide When I Was 13

By On August 1, 2016

Ballet was an alternate universe. It was the complete opposite of what I experienced at school.… Read More


I Want To Be My Awesome Jewish Grandparents

By On July 18, 2016

Somehow my grandparents didn't seem to fear for my demise like my parents did, which is why they were sanctuaries to me as a teenager. … Read More

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How Not To Be A Jerk To Other Jews

By On June 20, 2016

Crown Heights has an eruv. You might disapprove. But threatening to tear it down is a jerky, crappy move.… Read More


Does Anyone Else Get Premenstrual Syndrome?

By On June 6, 2016

Or am I the only one?… Read More


Eight Things To Do When Someone Doesn’t Like You

By On May 23, 2016

I have some insight to share, and I hope you'll benefit from my social ineptitude.… Read More


My Path To Coffee Addiction

By On April 11, 2016

I know that coffee is not healthy for me, but I can't figure out how to quit. Beyond being addicted to it, I love it.… Read More


Talking To God On The Street

By On March 28, 2016

Hitbodedut (hisboididus, if you live in Brooklyn) is the practice of talking to G-d in your own words, also known as "personal prayer". The word means literally "self seclusion," but if you… Read More


The World Has A Big Problem With Sexuality

By On March 14, 2016

The world has a big problem with sexuality, and it is manifesting as child sexual abuse, even in religious communities. … Read More

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The Life Changing Magic Of Cleaning Up Puke

By On February 29, 2016

When it's just me, I can get away with being afraid. But when my baby is involved, it seems I have no choice but to buck up and face whatever scary happening… Read More


Ashkenazic Jewish Foods, Ranked Without Explanation

By On February 15, 2016

I am right about this, but tell me how you'd rank these Asheknazi Jewish foods, from best to worst. … Read More

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