About Angela Himsel

Angela Himsel's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers,  including the New York Times, the Jewish Week, the Forward, Lilith, Tikkun and online at beliefnet.com, opiummagazine.com, ducts.org and elsewhere.

Angetevka Days

By October 15, 2008

I met him first in Jerusalem, and then not again for another twenty years. We were re-introduced and I almost got a marriage proposal. Well, perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but still. I’d gone to pay a shiva call in Teaneck, … Read More

Angetevka Days

By October 8, 2008

On the evening of Yom Kippur, in preparation for the 25 hour fast, Jews the world over will offer charity, request forgiveness from friends and family whom they may have wronged, and immerse themselves in the mikveh to be purified. … Read More

Chevre (Friends)

By September 25, 2008

I’m walking on West 90th Street talking on my cell phone when I spy my friend, Leslie, shuffling toward me in flip flops. Leslie looks up from her introspection, sees me on the phone, lifts a foot revealing chipped toenail … Read More


By September 17, 2008

My friend, Sophie, who I met in Israel during college, fled her abusive husband and landed in my home on West 90th Street. At the same time, my mother-in-law’s friend, Hilda, had flown north from Florida to attend a great-granddaughter’s … Read More


By September 10, 2008

An outsider might not mistake the Upper West Side of Manhattan for Anatevka, the small shtetl made famous in “Fiddler on the Roof,” but step into my world on West 90th Street , and you could well spy a metaphorical … Read More