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 about “The Death of Klinghoffer” and the surrounding protests for The New Republic; I also appeared on WNPR to discuss the piece (archived here, starting around twenty-six minutes in).
Here’s a piece I wrote for Jewschool about whether American Jews should recite hallel on Israeli Independence Day. And here’s one on gender and tefillin.
Here’s an archive of book reviews I wrote for the Jewish Daily Forward. Books I’ve reviewed include David Nirenberg’s Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, Eliyahu Stern’s The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism, Ruth Rosen’s Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, and several others.
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.
Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism, The Talmud Blog, August 18, 2013
I occasionally review academic books for MAKE Literary Magazine, most recently Kimberly Johnson’s Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England and Moulie Vidas’s Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud.
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.
In college, I reviewed movies for The Yale Herald. Not all those reviews are still online, but my reviews of “The Ghost Writer,” “The White Ribbon,” “The Last Station,” “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” and “An Education” are all available.
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.
Romance and Rational Choice, for the Hypocrite Reader, November 2014
Literary analysis of alternate forms of mAvot 5:16
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.