Author: Charlotte Friedland

The Big Pang Theory

In our never-ending quest to put a yarmulke on Darwin, it is time to get down to The Truth about what, or some say Who, runs the world.

Absolute Borders

Purim, 2006 – Joyous celebration  in the sovereign State of Israel greeted the final step of the “At Peace” Process — the signing of the Why Not? Accords at an undisclosed location.   According to the agreement, the new Israeli borders are “absolute,” never to be  violated by the Palestinian...

The Three Little Pigs: A Quintessential Jewish Allegory in Deceptive Disguise?

In a previous issue of Jewish Faction, Professor Rumplestiltskin Schwartz, dean of the Institute To Make Everything Jewish, argued (brilliantly) that the true author of Mother Goose rhymes was none other than Rebbetzin Kraindel Zisse Lefkowitcz, the original Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.  In this second contribution...

Mixed Breed

I was once told a charming story about a Chassidic rebbe, whose name I’ve conveniently forgotten, who prepared rigorously for every mitzvah. On erev Sukkos he sat up all night, staring at his esrog and lulav in the glass-enclosed case in his dining room, joyously waiting for the exact...

A Quaint Prayer Makes a Comeback

As I looked out the window of the El Al jet, the plane was lifting off the runway. The fellow beside me was already snoring. A tall, denim-clad woman sprawled on the seat across the aisle watched with interest as I whipped out my siddur. When I began whispering...

Confessions of a BT Wannabe

It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I’m not a ba’alas teshuvah (BT). As I was born to observant Jewish parents, the outreach networks dismiss me as an “FFB”—a “frum from birth” specimen, not worthy of attention. The term itself suggests staleness. After all, an FFB arrives in a...