have some cool stuff

The band Otyken absolutely in the zone
Otyken. I just love them.

Hey, all--

Have some recommendations of cool things, in anticipation of Shabbat.

1) Yael Kanarek has been heading a "Regendered Torah" project called Toratah for the last few years, basically translating the whole Torah (and other parts of the Hebrew Bible) in Hebrew and English while flipping the genders of all the characters involved, to wildly expand our understandings of the text, the stories, what's possible. I've been meaning to do something with it, and just haven't had a chance yet. Anyway, they just released an album of music based on some of the relevant verses:

2) Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (shoutout to @thematzohballsoup on Bluesky for making me aware of this GEM) from 1895, a collection of prayers in vernacular English by progressive Jewish activist Lilian Helen Montagu (1873-1963). For young women working in sweatshops and other exploitative conditions, mostly. Labor justice spiritual sustenence.

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4) Two Tribes is an exciting new graphic novel about a 13 year-old trying to integrate both her Jewish and Muscogee identities, "perfect for fans of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang."

Two Tribes: Cohen, Emily Bowen, Cohen, Emily Bowen:

5) Relinquished is an important new book on the systemic inequalities of adoption– all the more urgent now that abortion access has been taken from us. It's about the grief of the American mothers for whom the choice to parent was never real. For, as much as adoption has seemed like a "reasonable compromise" in a lot of conversations about abortion justice in the public square, that's because there has been almost no focus on the lives, needs, and impact of mothers who relinquish infants for private adoption. It's a difficult but critical book:

6) Otyken is an indigenous folk-rock-pop band from Siberia, and they just kind of slay. Their music is fun, their lyrics are great, and they just seem delightful and badass (I'm sorry, that stringed instrument from the animal skull??) I've been following them on IG for a while and enjoy them. This is their most recent:


The more deeply immersed I became in the thinking of the prophets, the more powerfully it became clear to me what the lives of the prophets sought to convey: that morally speaking there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings. It also became clear to me that in regard to cruelties committed in the name of a free society, some are guilty, all are responsible.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, “The Reasons for My Involvement in the Peace Movement” 1972

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