About Rachel Shukert

Rachel Shukert is an author, playwright and performer who lives in New York City with her husband and her cat. Her collection of essays, HAVE YOU NO SHAME? is published by Random House/Villard.

The Protocols: Harry Potter and the Order of the Jews

By July 30, 2008

“Guess what?” My mother sounded positively bubbly–I hadn’t heard her this excited since her latest colonoscopy came back clean. “Harry Potter is Jewish!” “Harry Potter is a fictional character,” I explained patiently. “But if Harry Potter had a religion, I’m … Read More

The Protocols: An Introduction

By July 16, 2008

Shortly before the beginning of seventh grade, when I entered the public school system for the first time after spending my earliest formative years at Nebraska’s only Jewish day school (student body: 37), my mother came to me with a … Read More

Why ‘The Devil’s Arithmetic’ Remains the Scariest Young Adult Novel Ever Written

By April 17, 2008

I was quite small, perhaps eight, when it occurred to me how deeply I disliked the other children. I mean, it wasn’t as if I had wanted them dead or anything; it just didn’t seem as though we had much … Read More