My mother was like most American Jews in the sixties who wanted to hold on to pieces of the culture and assimilate at the same time. But why did she send me to an Orthodox day school?
Author Archive for Jenna Zark
Contributing writer Jenna Zark is a local Jewish playwright whose plays have been produced at Circle Repertory Company, Illusion Theater, History Theatre, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Blank Slate and elsewhere. Jenna's new novel, "The Beat on Ruby's Street" focuses on a young Beat girl in Greenwich Village in 1958 and can be found at www.jennazark.com. Jenna is also a member of the Twin Cities musical theater collective Prosody.
“I looked up at her as she smiled. Those slender white fingers with perfectly polished nails were going out at night and washing dead people. What’s more, they were people Nancy knew. As she started cutting and layering, I knew I had to learn more.”
At this age, it is supposed to cause a minimum of pain and will never be remembered by the baby. At least that’s what some people say. But they also say lobsters don’t feel pain when they’re being boiled to death. I wonder if the lobster knows better.
Seeing “The Possession” in the movie theater this week made me realize that exorcism wasn’t started by Catholics.
I began to lead a double life, steeping myself in Jewish culture like a tea bag every morning and leaving it after school. Leading a double life as a child led to a search for peace; and Shabbat gave me more than I expected.
By the year 2050, Minnesota’s cases of Alzheimer’s are expected to grow to 200,000. Those who have it may be us. I would like us to see them, though we mostly ignore them. I would like us to see them differently. Maybe Hanukkah is a good way to start.
He is holding his mother’s hand as they get out of the car, but his head swivels to catch sight of the protesters in front of him. As he approaches the door, they scream “Zionist pigs!” with little thought as to how this might be affecting him.