Monologues from the Makom: Intertwined Narratives of Sexuality, Gender, Body Image, and Jewish Identity

Sarah Ricklan '17CC and Rebecca Zimilover '14SW (Editors)

A collection of first-person poetry and prose designed to break the observant Jewish community's taboo against open discussion of female sexuality 

“A loud and needed contribution to the Jewish feminist library... A great step forward in our work towards a Jewish world where women's experiences and voices are heard and valued.”
—Rabbanit Leah Sarna, director of religious engagement, Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation, Chicago

“Truly inspiring. This brave collection explores the tension between religious norms and the lived experience of young Jewish women.”
—Professor Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, director, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University

“Courageous, heart-breaking, passionate, honest, so vividly transcribed that these poets and storytellers seem to be baring their souls.”
—Dr. Joy Ladin, author, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective

“Should be required reading for men, all men.” 
—Chaim Trachtman, M.D., editor, Women and Men in Communal Prayer: Halakhic Perspectives