Thoughts from the Heart: Personal Essays

How to be Mysteriously Ill

Harmony Magazine. (2021)

Finding wisdom in Mi Shebeirach, the Jewish prayer for healing.
Arizona Jewish Post. (April 2020)

Addressing gender inequity in Israel Studies.
Fresh Ideas from HBI: the HBI Blog. (December, 2019)

Fighting the same fights as our feminist mothers: some thoughts on sexual harassment and academic careers.
Fresh Ideas from HBI: the HBI Blog. (August, 2018)

On Yizkor, realizing that if ‘life is with people’ in Judaism, death is too.
Arizona Jewish Post. (May, 2018)

What survey data don’t tell you – reflections on Young Judaea.
The Forward.com. (October, 2017) 

It takes a community to say kaddish, especially as a woman.
Fresh Ideas from HBI: the HBI Blog. (August, 2017)

What Judaism teaches us about loss and grief.
The Forward.com. (May, 2017)

Chanukah on Christmas Avenue: Raising a Jewish Family in Winterhaven.
Arizona Jewish Post (November, 2010)

Avelut: A Year of Mourning for a Friend
The Forum, Association for Death Education and Counseling (July, 2000)

Intellectual Explorations: Academic Articles

Saying kaddish: Meaning-making and continuing bonds in American Jewish mourning ritual.
Death Studies (2021)

Multiple Judaisms and mosaic selves: an ethnographic exploration of liberal American Jews.
Culture and Religion. (2017)

“I’ll say a Mi Sheberach for you”: Prayer, healing and identity among liberal American Jews.
Contemporary Jewry. (2016)

To believe or not to believe, that is not the question: the complexity of Jewish beliefs about God.
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. (2016).

Hoping, praying, gathering data: studying healing when loved ones are ill. 
Arizona Anthropologist. (Spring 2016)

A Public Health Perspective on the Religion-Health Connection. 
Monograph published by the National Center for Jewish Healing. (2005)