It’s not easy or pretty, but life isn’t without challenge anywhere else in America either. We stay because so many things about this place make us care enough to stay. And that’s something I think outside observers always miss about Chicago.
I thought coming out only happened once. Then 2020 proved me wrong. Hi, I’m Michael. And I’m autistic.
On why we’re choosing not to observe Pesach during the COVID-19 crisis.
The difference between me and a native Chicagoan? I always say what others only dare to think.
Sometimes when you’re ‘Jewish and’ you just have to lead with the ‘and.’ I’m a Hispanic Jew who’s taking off his kippah.
I may have started my forties yearning for my father, but I’m ending them leaving him behind.
If Halloween makes you fear for your Judaism, your problem isn’t Halloween.
What do you do when you want to pivot back to what you used to do, that you never thought you’d do again?
When we stop respecting our shared Americanness, we have no respect left for anything else.
The worst thing about inclusion on the left is exclusion on the left. Identity politics doesn’t work when you aim it at each other.