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Emily Zimmer

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Makeup Stains On The Pages Of The Siddur

By On January 17, 2018

Makeup-stained and marked-up siddur pages remind us that prayer books double over as story books.… Read More

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When My Sister Found Her Husband, I Had To Find Myself

By On January 4, 2018

When my twin sister got married and moved across the country, I needed to figure out what my life looked like without her.… Read More

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Conversation With A Blank Canvas

By On December 20, 2017

As the old saying goes, "writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all."… Read More

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Do Jews Need Thanksgiving?

By On November 23, 2017

While sitting around a long table stuffed to the brim with copious amounts of food, in a room decorated with hand-traced turkeys, what are we meant to be thankful for? What exactly… Read More

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What Judaism Taught Me About Being Alone

By On November 8, 2017

Part of me still longs to feel a connection with G-d on a human level. Can G-d keep me company? Can I hang out with Hashem? We compare our relationship with G-d… Read More

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What If Every Day Was Yom Kippur?

By On September 27, 2017

But why can't every day with G-d be a chag? A holiday. If G-d is everywhere then why can he only enter the field one month out of the lowly year?… Read More

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The First Time I Heard The Shofar, I Cringed

By On September 13, 2017

Are we meant to think of self-sacrifice? Of the Akeida? Of listening to G-d no matter what? Should I feel humbled? Full of awe? Is this raspy cry meant to remind me of… Read More

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What If My Relationship With God Is All In My Head?

By On August 17, 2017

Many of us identify as spiritual people –We pray, meditate, and take hikes in the forest. We close our phones for hours and do nothing other than think about G-d. But how… Read More

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In Search Of Unity And Jewish Music

By On August 1, 2017

To attend The Camping Trip for the second year in a row, but this time as performer--I felt like a ten year old girl with a bag full of jelly beans.… Read More

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Why I’m Still Not Keeping Kol Eesha

By On July 6, 2017

Suddenly, this thing I loved so much, this huge, unfathomable piece of myself, felt dirty and unfamiliar. I lay in my bed and stared at my guitar, hanging on the wall, mocking… Read More

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