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Ph.D, Harvard University
A.B., Brown University
- Creative Writing
- For my book Mystics, Mavericks,
and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among
Hasidic Girls� 2004 Moment Magazine
Emerging Writer Award for Nonfiction,
Selection of the 2005-2006 Hadassah Book
Club Reading List, Starred Review, Publishers Weekly.
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Mystics, Mavericks, and
Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey
Among Hasidic Girls (foreword by
New book projects:
- I have just completed a novel
set in a fictional Hasidic
community. Like Mystics,
Mavericks, and Merrymakers, it
explores the beauty of Hasidic
faith, community, and rituals along
with the searing isolation endured
by those whose desires and dreams
push beyond the boundaries of
conservative religion. But the
characters, dilemmas, adventures,
and mysteries are all completely
- Currently, I am working on a
third book, inspired by my lifelong
spiritual quest. It will include a
fascinating range of characters�some
from mainstream religions, others
whose views differ radically from
any established tradition.
Recent articles include:
- "God, Gossip, and Going Astray:
Naomi Alderman, Shalom Auslander,
and Reva Mann talk freely about
loshon hora [slanderous gossip]."
JBOOKS.com, April 2008.
- Entries on "North American
Hasidism" and "Menachem Mendel
Schneerson" in the forthcoming
Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish
History, Religion, and Culture.
- Untitled contribution to NiSh'ma
section (an interpretation of a
Talmudic verse), Sh'ma Magazine,
37/638, February 2007.
- "Mystics, Mavericks, and
Merrymakers" in Exponent ll,
Vol. 26, No. 24, 2004.
- "What Hasidic Girls are Really
Like" in Lilith Magazine,
Vol. 28.3, Fall 2003.
- "Hasidic Girls: Daily Lives and
Inner Worlds" in Millennium
Girls: Today's Girls and their
Cultures. Ed. Sherrie A. Inness.
Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.
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