About Tamar Fox

Tamar Fox has an MFA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, but she still doesn't like sweet tea. Born and raised in Chicago, she's also lived in Iowa City, Dublin, Oxford, and Jerusalem. When she's not rocking out at honky tonks she teaches text study, cooks elaborate meals, and volunteers for a hospice. When she grows up she wants to be a professional whiskey taster.

How To: Train at Temple and Get in Ship Shape at Shul

By June 12, 2008

We all know that working out it is good for you in a myriad of different ways: It lowers the risk of everything from diabetes to depression to dementia to erectile dysfunction. Physical wellness should be important to all of … Read More

I Need A New Hymen, STAT!

By June 11, 2008

The most popular article at the NYTimes.com right now is about Muslim women in Europe getting their hymens surgically re-stitched so as to simulate virginity. Gynecologists say that in the past few years, more Muslim women are seeking certificates of … Read More

Jewish News Roundup

By June 6, 2008

• A mistrial was declared in the case of Naveed Haq who stormed into a Seattle JCC in July 2006, fatally shot one woman, and seriously injured several others. After eight days of deliberations the jury was still deadlocked. Prosecutors … Read More

Neo-Nazis Love Israel

By June 6, 2008

A Neo Nazi group in Germany recently launched a website that expresses its solidarity with Israel. According to Ynet: "A strong nation is worthy of life; an ailing nation deserves death," it said, before detailing an ideology sporting the traditional … Read More

Jewish Prison Chaplains Reach Out With Kosher Food

By June 5, 2008

Getting kosher food in prison has been a pain in the ass for a while now. There’s the child-molester who wanted a yarmulke and some matzah ball soup in Georgia, and the former Neo-Nazi and statutory rapist in Missouri who … Read More

Should You Get a Pre-Nup Alongside Your Ketubah?

By June 3, 2008

Rabbinic Courts in Israel are looking at a new possible solution for the problem of Agunot, or women whose husbands won’t grant them a divorce. The controversial fix-it: A prenup. It’s funny that this should garner any controversy at all, … Read More

Two Recent Articles Ask: “Birthright or Birthwrong?”

By June 2, 2008

Two recent articles join the chorus of Jewish publications wondering if Birthright Israel is a good thing. Birthright, in case you’ve been living under a rock for a decade, is a program that brings Jewish 18-26 year olds to Israel … Read More

The Torah’s Not Just a Metaphor — But Creationism Still Sucks

By May 29, 2008

Jewcy’s own Peter Bebergal has a nice long article over at Nextbook about the religious ramifications of Creationism, and anything that limits the Bible to literalism. His point, basically, is that besides the dangerous negative effect that creationism has on … Read More