My non-Jewish father and my Jewish mother agreed that I was a Jew, but how would they raise me as one? For parents with strong Jewish identities who understand that Jewish education is the key to Jewish continuity, the question of how to raise a Jewish child is not so difficult. But my parents, an interfaith couple, attempted to figure out the answer on their own -- with no guidance or precedent. Did raising a Jewish child in a mixed-marriage home mean nothing more than celeb
“I for sure thought you were a bais yaakov girl like the rest of us!” These words were said to me by a mother of teenage daughter who had heard me tell my story about growing up ba’al teshuva due to my father’s conversion when I was 12 years old. No doubt, it felt good to hear those words. On one hand, I want to slip in with the rest of the crowd. I want to people to base me on my merits here and now and not look at me any differently because of my upbringing. On the other ha
When the Miss American Organization decided Tuesday to drop the swimsuit portion and turn their pageant into a competition, the Forward contacted me as an Orthodox Jewish woman to share my thoughts about this apparent move towards more modesty. Click below to read the article.
Catching up my readers with my recent shenanigans which have taken up a lot of my time this month! First off, here is the video of the panel at SKA featuring myself, Judge Ruchie Freier and Judge Sivan Rahav. You will also see my talk here, "How My Father Finding his Voice in Judaism Led Me to Find Mine." I posted this picture on my "Alexandra Fleksher: Essays and Writings" Facebook page and the next thing I know I get an email forwarded from a friend which Mishpacha sent to