Purple Clover: The Ballad of John and Yoko

In Jane Austen’s day, the universally acknowledged truth was that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Today, the truth goes something like this: A single man in possession of rock star status will date and marry a supermodel, an actress or a woman who looks […]

Purple Clover: Modern Dance

On July 4, 2000, Lou Reed played a concert at the Cinerama in Tel Aviv. I was living in Jerusalem and there was no doubt that I’d go. Lou Reed brought me back to the time when I defined myself by music. As a teenager I liked alternative music, therefore I was alternative. I didn’t […]

New York Times: My Jewish Daughter, Mary

When I was pregnant with my second child, my husband and I told our 3-year-old son, Cai, that he could name the baby. This would help him feel like an important family member before his universe collapsed. “O.K.,” Cai said. “Her name is Mary.” No, it’s not, I thought. I wasn’t worried. I knew that […]