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LABA-BA’s Tova Shvartzman on OTHERNESS

SHIBBOLET Tova Shvartzman for LABA Journal At this very moment I have a concrete experience of the Other. This current Other is the English language. It is not a friendly Other like a neighbor. It is an alien Other. I need to express myself in this foreign tongue to establish connections between creativity and work with...


The Evasive OTHER

LABA Journal’s Editor Hanan Elstein: Should We Discuss OTHER? OTHER is a highly explosive theme, especially beyond its limited political scope and current obvious relevance. The notion of the Other, be it phenomenological, existential or psychological, is inherently elusive and resists a single coherent definition. Thinkers as well as artists,...

Seven Raiments of Captivity

A modest offering for a woman who had just lost everything. BY LITAL DOTAN A profoundly disturbing LABA session discussing the behavioral rules in a state of war and battle, specifically behavior with captive women, instigated my interrogation into the route of the captive towards her new identity. A WOMAN OF A...

Zika/Lilith: Naming the Unspeakable

BY JOSHUA MAX FELDMAN The act of naming is a primary human activity. In the first moments of Genesis, God creates, and Adam names: the beasts of the field and the birds of the air, “and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” Even before the...

Reflections of David

BY GAL BECKERMAN I don’t have a son and so I feel spared King David’s lament for Absalom, calling out the name of his dead child not only because of the loss — though this would be enough — but because, with Absalom’s death, the purest projection of himself has been erased...


The Beauty of the Human Form

On Tuesday, LABA kicked off our year of study around a table in the 14th Street Y’s gorgeous theater, washing down our discussion with food and wine. Each of our fellows and staff brought in a beautiful item and explained its power in an effort to begin to parse our personal relationships to beauty....

SLUT-SHAMING IN THE BIBLE, HELL YES!

Elissa Strauss breaks down sexual double-standards in a Q&A I found this on the internet. Ed. note. I suggest you read Ruby Namdar’s telling of the Tamar story before or after you read this. WHAT IS SLUT-SHAMING? Slut-shaming is the phenomenon in which a woman is bashed, attacked or made to feel...

Of Sacrifice and Blessing

Brooke Berman on the ongoing meditation of mothers “Hotel Room” by Edward Hopper I am writing this from a plane to Aspen, on my way to premiere my first film, a digital short, at a festival.  It is a dream come true. And yet I spent the morning in tears...