On this page, you can find examples of my writing.
Exile in Gal-Ville: How a Male Feminist Alienated His Supporters, TheAtlantic.com, 2/13/12
Controversy enveloped feminist blogger Hugo Schwyzer after he revealed troubling incidents from his past.
Friday Film: Orthodox, More or Less, “The Artsy Semite” blog at Forward.com, 1/13/12
The documentary “Unorthodox” follows Jewish teens in Israeli yeshivot and has an unusual production history.
An archive of my argumentative writing (mostly on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and questions surrounding American Jewish life) for The Daily Beast can be found here. A few representative pieces, I think, discuss the Israel-Hamas escalation of November 2012, an example of of “Israel army fiction,” Commentary magazine’s shifting attitudes towards welfare, and Talmudic sources on targeted assassination.
Here’s a piece I wrote for Jewschool about whether American Jews should recite hallel on Israeli Independence Day.
David Nirenberg Traces The Long, Bewildering History of Anti-Semitism The Jewish Daily Forward, 6/13/13
Review of David Nirenberg’s Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition
How the Vilna Gaon Became More Modern Than Moses Mendelssohn, The Jewish Daily Forward, 4/12/13
Review of Eliyahu Stern’s The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism
Self-Hatred as Self-Help, The Jewish Daily Forward, 8/10/12
Review of Paul Reitter’s On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred
Gender Through a Jewish Lens, Tablet Magazine, 4/26/12
Joint review of Kate Bornstein’s A Queer and Pleasant Danger and Joy Ladin’s Through the Door of Life.
The Very First Jew for Jesus: Moishe Rosen’s Controversial Story, Told by his Daughter, The Jewish Daily Forward, 4/3/12
Review of Ruth Rosen’s Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus.
Do Jews Curse the Christians? A New Book Analyzes Famed Birkat Haminim Prayer, The Jewish Daily Forward, 2/17/12
Review of Ruth Langer’s Cursing the Christians? A History of the Birkat Ha-Minim.
Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism, The Talmud Blog, August 18, 2013
The Evil Inclination, Jewish Ideas Daily, 12/5/11
Review of Ishay Rosen-Zvi’s Demonic Desires: “Yetzer Hara” and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity.
The Ghost Writer, The Yale Herald, 3/26/10
The White Ribbon, The Yale Herald, 2/26/10
The Last Station, The Yale Herald, 2/12/10
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Yale Herald, 1/29/10
An Education, The Yale Herald, 11/13/09
Which Side Are You On?, The Yale Daily News, 11/17/2008
A long, rambling personal essay about my existential crisis as a sophomore.
Lot’s Daughters: The Ethics of Reading In the Present, Second Place, The Elie Wiesel Ethics Prize, 2010
An extended analysis of biblical midrashim surrounding Lot’s Daughters. Rather dense.
Though He Goes Out Weeping, Shibboleth 2010
A short story about Riga, Jewish lineage, and collective memory. This story won a fiction prize at Yale. It is not autobiographical.