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Author Archives: Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s tenth book, How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick, will be published in April 2013.

Opinion // It’s Not Just That Hillary Is a Woman

Bernie and Hilary

And it’s not enough that Bernie is Jewish. by Letty Cottin Pogrebin  eople keep asking Jewish feminists like me which would excite us more, the first woman or the first Jew in the Oval Office. The answer is, it depends on which woman and which Jew. The mere thought of President Carly Fiorina or Vice President Sarah Palin gave me ... Read More »

Opinion // Bans, Blacklists and Flyers, Oh My!

Letty Cottin Pogrebin As usual, the thought police are trying to silence diversity of opinion about Israel. I’m not usually prone to hysteria or hyperbole, but lately there’s a strong whiff of Jewish McCarthyism in the air—by which I mean attempts by powerful members of our community to scare, silence, ruin or excommunicate anyone who disagrees with them on Israel. ... Read More »

Opinion // The Politics and Ethics of Street Tzedakah

By Letty Cottin Pogrebin There are many reasons not to give to the homeless, but we should do it anyway.   When I was young, it was axiomatic among radical leftists that one should resist the humanitarian impulse to give to beggars because handouts “postpone the Revolution.” Only when the poor become utterly hopeless and destitute will they rise up ... Read More »

Opinion | Letty Cottin Pogrebin

American Jews need to stop turning a blind eye to the resettlement of Israel’s Bedouins. Read More »

Letty Cottin Pogrebin: The Knesset’s “Year of the Woman”

The Knesset's "Year of the Woman" - A record number of female MKs includes new faces, seasoned activists and rising stars. Read More »

Letty Cottin Pogrebin: Why Can’t We Show Empathy for the Palestinians?

The American Jewish thought police are quick to label sympathy a betrayal of Israel. Read More »

Letty Cottin Pogrebin: Does Birth Control Trump Israel?

Republicans have made Israel their wedge issue. Democrats should make women's rights theirs. Read More »

Letty Cottin Pogrebin: The War Against Women, Take Two

By Letty Cottin Pogrebin In 1959, when I was 19, there was no birth control pill, doctors did not prescribe diaphragms or IUDs for unmarried women, and abortion was a crime. So when I got pregnant, I decided to kill myself by jumping off the Triborough Bridge. If I had to carry the pregnancy to term, my life would be ... Read More »

Letty Cottin Pogrebin: Two Bat Mitzvahs, 60 Years Apart

By Letty Cottin Pogrebin Not long ago, my eldest granddaughter celebrated her bat mitzvah—two months shy of 60 years after I celebrated mine. I was one of the first girls in Conservative Judaism permitted the “privilege” of the supposed equivalent of the male coming-of-age ritual. Besides being overwhelmed with emotion at witnessing Maya become an adult member of the Jewish ... Read More »