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Elizabeth Kirshner

Essay

It’s Okay To Cry On Shabbos

By On July 13, 2016

A stranger on a rooftop teaches Elizabeth how to keep Shabbat and keep her sanity.… Read More

Essay

Madrid And The Most Classic Shabbat

By On June 29, 2016

There's something about the way Shabbat is Shabbat wherever I go. … Read More

Essay

For the Love of Dank Falafel

By On June 15, 2016

Elizabeth describes the beauty of watching Jewish young adults on Birthright connect with their Judaism in a visceral, visionary moment.… Read More

Essay

The Airport Is My Sanctuary

By On June 1, 2016

Air travel feels impersonal in many ways, but also connects large groups of people to each others' shared fate, if only temporarily. Elizabeth reflects on her moments of solitude, and her stirrings… Read More

Essay

Why I Don’t Do Kiruv

By On May 18, 2016

I am responsible for my fellow Jews, and so I think it's best I back off. … Read More

Poem

Jews, Please Stop Apologizing.

By On May 4, 2016

Galut (exile) is when we sooner believe them over ourselves in reading the truths of our own skin, in deciphering the lifelines of our own palms.… Read More

Essay

We Are Nothing And Everything All At Once

By On April 6, 2016

What does it mean to "be yourself"? What can personal transformation teach us about changing the world? … Read More

Poem

Stop Explaining And Start Purim-ing

By On March 23, 2016

I am in a classical art gallery in London and the portraits all blur into a crowd of static, monotonous faces I could not possibly care any less about. I was not… Read More

Essay

How To Criticize Our Fellow Jews

By On March 9, 2016

"Two Jews, three opinions," the saying describes...but how is the strong-willed Jew to express his/her gripes about fellow Jews while remaining loyal to the framework of our national oneness? … Read More

Poem

Tough Love For Artists

By On February 24, 2016

Elizabeth continues to ponder creativity and her love/hate relationship with it. … Read More

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