I met Moshe Triwaks in Jerusalem in 2000. I was in Israel to visit my daughter who was in Israel for a semester-long high school program. Moshe Triwaks’s company, Matar, had just published the Israeli translation of my first novel, The Red Tent, and when he heard I was in the country, he drove from…

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Walking the neighborhood with Toby, sweet dog, mine since August. #rescuelove Updating the first book I ever wrote (The New Jewish Wedding, 1984, updated 2004) which is now called THE JEWISH WEDDING NOW. This isn’t a revision so much as a rewrite. Love the cover. Going to live performances (theater, music, dance) to keep my heart beating. Limiting…

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I am sitting in Terminal E at Logan Airport waiting for my flight to Toronto, trying to think about how to explain or describe or understand. The election has knocked me down and broken my heart. I will survive this. America will survive and someday, make amends. I know this is a historic swing. Nativism…

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“It is forbidden to despair,” said Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, a 19th century Hasidic teacher who suffered from depression. I imagine him pounding his fist on a table in a dimly lit room, shouting those words to his demons. Fifty years ago, TV screens flickered with images of policemen unleashing dogs on peaceful civil rights…

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The disappearance of the mural on the John Hancock Tower is bumming me out. The first time I saw the vinyl “pasting,” I was driving and had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road. As weeks passed, the image became a welcome surprise every time I was driving east on the Mass Pike…

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I recently cleaned out my attic and in the process found letters from readers dating back to the 1970s, when I started writing for newspapers and magazines. Each one had felt like an unexpected gift so I never threw away any of them, not even the occasional furious screed. Once email became a way of…

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I am dogless. Again. Buddy was the third dog love of my life. A miniature Schnauzer of regal bearing (he walked on his toes) and a mellow soul, he accompanied me and mine for the past 13 years. I have been down this sad and lonely road twice before: first with Bartholemew the Beagle, who…

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The thrill of having a book published never gets old. The Boston Girl is my twelfth and I felt just as excited and nervous as when my first came out; that was The New Jewish Wedding in 1985. The “nervous” is because I only know whether I’ve hit the mark when I hear from readers.…

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Anita Diamant: 30 Days, 30 Authors in celebration of Jewish Bo…To commemorate 90 years of celebrating Jewish books, Jewish Book Council invited 30 leading Jewish authors to answer a few questions on reading, writing, and living Jewish literature. Today, Anita Diamant, author of THE BOSTON GIRL and THE RED TENT, and nine other books! Go…

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