byline alerts…

by marjorieingall on September 25, 2015

Getting my Jew on over at SorryWatch: A wrap-up of High Holiday apology coverage, Maimonides on apology,  and forgiveness-related art.

Oh look, parenting advice from Susan Sontag, via Lists of Note.

Torah and haftarah readings on Yom Kippur make me ponder rape culture.

How is a Sukkah like a TARDIS?



and what have i been up to lately?

by marjorieingall on September 11, 2015

tumblr_mak29orYxM1qbyliso2_500Here is why I think Stephen Colbert is the best exemplar of a person of faith in America today, and why he’s such a good moral exemplar for American Jewish liberals. (I like the title my editor came up with: “The Gospel of Stephen Colbert.”) And here is a parody of the Grub Street Diet, in which annoying Rosh Hashanah observers keep food diaries. No new SorryWatch posts this week, sorry!


byline roundup!

by marjorieingall on September 4, 2015

B&HDairyI got super-excited about the return of B&H Dairy, the last kosher dairy restaurant on lower Second Avenue. (I am kinda obsessed.)

I demanded that Lore Segal’s classic children’s book Tell Me A Mitzi be returned from out-of-print Siberia.


I recommended a friend’s funny and erudite book of Shakespeare-inspired cocktails and snackage. (I have quoted her amusing Everyday Shakespeare blog here before.)

And I suggested ways to observe Labor Day — books, movies, activism — with your kids, whatever their ages.

Over at SorryWatch, I discussed the Napa Wine Train racist debacle and subsequent groveling, and rolled my eyes at Tila Tequila’s apology for past Hitler lovin’. (Plus Bic Pens in South Africa social-media’d stupidly, a Spanish reggae festival blamed the pernicious pressure of BDS for its own anti-Semitic actions, and Duggars were horrible.)

Also: I did my first podcastUnorthodox, over at Tablet. I was wearing my SorryWatch hat, explaining to host Mark Oppenheimer how to apologize in advance of the High Holidays. I was very nervous–I’d never been in an actual recording studio, with the baffled soundproofing and big headsets and gigundo microphones.

Also, went to RI and hung out with mom and kids while husband was at Burning Man.



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ExtraHere’s a piece on where teenagers get their news and how to raised a politically informed kid. (Now with less Jon Stewart.)

Here’s one about a horrid romance novel between a Jew and a Nazi. (Let it be known that I beat every media outlet to this story except Flavorwire, and that was only because my editor wanted me to add the Summer of My German Soldier reference, which slowed me down. Not that I’m competitive.) Here is one about menstruation-tastic apps for Orthodox Jewish women to track when they’re pure and impure, and thus able to have contact with their husbands.

And on SorryWatch, two literary apologies! One from a bookstore owner who gave refunds to customers who pre-ordered the “new” Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman, and one from the author of the offensive Jew-Nazi romance novel.

And finally, here is a study by my grandfather, published  in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1930, about Jewish women getting tapeworms from tasting raw gefilte fish.


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pickle history! sophie tucker! whoo!

by marjorieingall on July 29, 2015

il_570xN.459535504_2ldbToday in Tablet magazine, the history of pickles in America. (No dogs were harmed in the actual writing of the article.)

Bonus: A look at sexy fat-girl powerhouse Sophie Tucker.


snarly story roundup!

by marjorieingall on July 23, 2015

Let’s see, since we last spoke I wrote about the way Jewish summer camps’ programming for Tisha B’Av traumatized generations of tiny Hebrews (and offered suggestions of better ways to observe this sad holiday). I also did shorter pieces on a big grant that helps would-be parents dealing with infertility; the battle to save the East Village’s historic B&H Dairy restaurant; and journalist Samuel G. Freedman’s forthcoming book and audio documentary about his colleague, Jeff Schmalz, the pioneering AIDS reporter for the NYT.

Oh, plus a piece for SorryWatch confirming that nope, Lance Armstrong is still not actually sorry. Film at 11.


in which a yay

by marjorieingall on June 26, 2015



what i’ve been writing lately

by marjorieingall on June 18, 2015


Here is a review of a parenting book that made me want to throw things. Here is a farewell to Phineas and Ferb, the smartest kids’ show on TV. Here’s a look at the fascinating history of a Greek-Jewish community in NYC. And here is a New York Times book review of Jami Attenberg’s wonderful new novel Saint Mazie.

I’m also working on my book (about the history of the Jewish Mother stereotype and why it’s wrong) and other projects, and sitting next to my beautiful cat, who is dying. Which, along with yet another insane shooting of innocent people and Tablet’s huge piece today about ISIS’s murder of journalist Steven Sotloff, puts a lot of things in perspective.

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effective sex education (with bonus Mean Girls quotes)

by marjorieingall on May 29, 2015



This week’s Tablet magazine column: A look at best practices for sex education (shout-out to the awesome Population Council) and how some Jewish schools and educators are trying to incorporate them.  I can’t decide which I like more: Tablet art director Esther Werdiger’s work on this story, or her work on Tal Trachtman Aloy’s story about the little-known Jewish history of the Girl Scout movement.


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weekend reading if you are so inclined

by marjorieingall on May 1, 2015


1. Great show at the Studio Museum of Harlem (and no, fellow yehudim, we don’t need our own show about our hair).

2. Please do not watch serial domestic violence all-star Floyd Meriweather in his gazillion-dollar-payday fisticuffs this weekend.

3. What we can learn from a soulful 10-year-old girl with Ewing’s Sarcoma.

4. Fantasy Jewish megafights we’d like to see. (Hint: RBG KO’s all.)

Unrelated note: I am loving Daredevil on Netflix and trying not to binge it all in one crazed sleepless fell swoop. The fight scenes, the humor, the very existence of True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll on this planet, the heavy Catholicism (as a Jew, I relate to Catholic guilt), Vincent d’Onofrio’s just-enough scenery chewing,  the super-dark, saturated palette. But one thing. [click to continue…]