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Stephanie Wellen Levine

Essay

Trump Is No Hitler (At Least I Hope Not)

By On December 4, 2016

I'm not hysterical about Trump, and I don't worry much about anti-Semitism. Though I'm no optimist, the panic surrounding me feels unduly intense. Let's hope I'm right.… Read More

Essay

No Jewish Community Suits Me, But I Have A Dream

By On November 6, 2016

Most Jewish communities, whether Orthodox, secular, or somewhere in between, silence something key to my mind or my soul. I dream of a place to call home.… Read More

Poem

What If

By On October 9, 2016

A series of dilemmas, for readers and for me, that reach towards profound questions of ultimate meaning.… Read More

Essay

My Raw Thoughts And Prayers For The Holiest Time Of The Year

By On September 25, 2016

My heartfelt, sometimes anguished thoughts and prayers for this special time of year. I need help, and I'm not afraid to ask.… Read More

Essay

Today Is September 11: Fear, Religion’s Dangers, And Hope

By On September 11, 2016

A vast range of interpretive possibility makes religion both glorious and dangerous. September 11, 2001 clarified that for me, as it swept me up in a rare sense of communion with the… Read More

Essay

I’ve Danced With Anti-Semitism, So Who Am I To Judge?

By On August 28, 2016

As I grew up, various unpleasant experiences pushed me dangerously close to anti-Semitic feelings. So can I condemn others who express similar impressions?… Read More

Poem

This World Is Too Much For Me. But I Exist!

By On August 15, 2016

This world's logistics overwhelm me. Appointments, lunch dates: aaaah! But usually, I get by. Me being me, it all feels kind of mystical.… Read More

Poem

Choice: Everything, Nothing, Or Somewhere In Between?

By On July 31, 2016

Choices of all kinds fill our lives. Maybe they're meaningless; maybe they're everything. I tend towards an intermediate approach....… Read More

Essay

Let’s Know Each Other (Kind Of, Maybe, Up To A Point)

By On July 17, 2016

Intimate sharing is wonderful to a point, but dangerous and even bone-chilling beyond that point. The implications are deep and potentially mystical.… Read More

Essay

New York Vs. Boston: My Independence Day Struggle?

By On July 3, 2016

NYC is glorious: the street life, the food, the energy. But Boston is much cheaper and carries much less stress. The dilemma is intense and even spiritual.… Read More

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