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Yes – It Was a Kiss (Take it From Me – I’m a Twin)

929: Tanakh B’yachad, August 28, 2018

“As an identical twin, it’s difficult for me to read the reunion of twins Jacob and Esau without personalizing their reconciliation… Having seen first-hand the unmatched intimacy of twinship — the effortless shorthand between those of us who started life together in cramped darkness — I believe this biblical reunion is loving, not vindictive. Despite the twins’ estrangement, or maybe because of it, there is relief in seeing each other again after 20 years apart.”


Judaism and the Art of Bicycle Riding

Tablet, August 13, 2018

“I never planned to mountain bike with my rabbi.

Nor did I expect that our 74-year-old Native American guide would, while coaching us—or more accurately, berating us—down a steep rocky ravine, end up imparting so much Jewish wisdom.

But that’s what happened. I can’t get the words of George-the-self-described-Apache out of my head. And as Elul approaches, I’ve realized why.”


A Prayer for RBG’s Long Life—And Our Pursuit of Justice

The Lilith Blog, January 29, 2018

“We still look to you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg—yeshiva-girl-turned-legendary-justice, RBG icon, fighter for the powerless and wronged. / May you go from strength to strength because you have been ours. / May you live many more years because you make the world brighter, fairer, kinder… Because we need you.”


Discovering A Sense Of Belonging

The New York Jewish Week, November 28, 2017

Abigail Pogrebin, Jewish Week’s ‘Community Leader Award‘ recipient, came to Jewish tradition late in the game, but she’s found a richly rewarding home.

“Abigail Pogrebin’s entryway to Judaism is through study — finding teachers, asking questions, engaging in conversations. If there’s a thread connecting her books, articles, public interviews and volunteer work, it’s her tremendous curiosity.”


The Purim Report: Mirth and Melancholy

Tablet, March 9, 2017

A holiday filled with cookies, storytelling, and the wisdom of Jackie Mason

“I set my alarm for 5 a.m. so that I can have a quick breakfast before the Esther fast begins at daybreak (6:26 a.m.) on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. I honor Elvis by eating his favorite sandwich—peanut butter and banana—because The King is the theme of the Purim Spiel at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, where, a week earlier, I had sat in on an intensive rehearsal.”


3 Generations on the March: Were All of Us Rallying Behind One Message?

Forward, January 22, 2017

“I was very focused on the food, the cold and the crowds. And did I mention a terrorist bomb or crazed shooter?

Though I was entirely sure of my philosophical, visceral desire to sign on for the Women’s March in Washington, the notion of hordes amassing in one location triggered every one of my Jewish fears: being cold, hungry, or trampled. Or better yet, all three. And with my daughter at my side, no less, whom I’m ostensibly supposed to be protect.”


Hanukkah at the Bedside

Hadassah Magazine, December 2016

“Sitting in the Chicago hospital room where my father-in-law, Milton Shapiro, has often resided since November crystallizes the meaning of Hanukkah. So many rabbis have talked to me about light. And I see it there.”


How Being Part of A Rare Sondheim Flop Taught Me Lessons for Life

Forward, November 16, 2016

“I have on my wall a large black-and-white photograph of the legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim and the famed director Harold Prince, from the fall of 1981.”


Wondering Jew – Series

Jewish Daily Forward, May 26, 2015

18 Holidays: One Wondering Jew follows Abigail Pogrebin’s unpredictable foray into a Jewish year, with all its demands and revelries. You will be provoked, inspired and entertained.


Is God a Given?

The Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, May 4, 2014

“How refreshing it would be if our institutional leaders—be they rabbis, cantors, or educators— would actually press us to ask the hardest questions of ourselves: Is it possible to be a Jew without God? Might you have already communed with God without even knowing it? Do you accept the role that God supposedly has played in our collective story? How do you conceptualize the God to whom you pray?”


Yom Kippur 5774 – Will Apathy Be Our Legacy?

American Jewish World Service: Yom Kippur Chag V’Chesed, September 14, 2013

In this American Jewish World Service commentary on the high holidays and social justice, Abigail Pogrebin looks to Yom Kippur 5774 and wonders whether apathy will be our legacy.


Never Too Late

What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most, April 2, 2013

“Never Too Late” is Abigail Pogrebin’s unique contribution to this collection in which women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists.


Consultant: Top Rabbis 2013

The Daily Beast-Newsweek, March 21, 2013


‘Stars of David’ turns words into a musical

The Inquirer, October 14th, 2012

[Stars of David] is based on the popular 2005 book of 61 interviews with famous and influential American Jews. Its author, Abigail Pogrebin, was inspired by a powerfully personal question (and a deep well of chutzpah that allowed her to ask it): When you say you’re Jewish, what does that mean?


How Do You Spell Ms.

New York Magazine, October 30th, 2011

Forty years ago, a group of feminists, led by Gloria Steinem, did the unthinkable: They started a magazine for women, published by women—and the first issue sold out in eight days. An oral history of a publication that changed history.


Coming of Age

Tablet Magazine, August 28, 2011

“My son’s bar mitzvah was two years ago. My daughter’s bat mitzvah will take place this spring. What, I’ve often thought to myself, will happen to their Jewish identity once they leave home? How do I make the case to stay in this–to discover the charge for themselves that I’ve found in studying Jewish text, going to synagogue, defining very personally what it means to live Jewishly?”


I’ve Drunk the Kool-Aid: Gratitude works.

The Huffington Post, September 22, 2010

“I never thought I’d say it, let alone do it: I’m keeping a gratitude journal. It’s hard for me to even write those words because I know they conjure a lemming-like embrace of the latest self-help stunt. We’ve all heard the guarantee: ‘Write about gratitude and you’ll start feeling more grateful…which will then change your perspective on life.’ Pablum, right? Well, this is one time I’ve embraced my inner pablum. Because that’s exactly what happened to me. I started writing down sweet moments. And life started feeling lighter.”


Nothing Lasts

Psychology Today, February 23, 2010

“[E]verything is ephemeral. Nothing sustains. It could be a deflating message, or one that liberates. If it’s true that everything is transient, if happiness, suffering, success, and missteps are fleeting, we should learn to savor what we hold in our hands, because it’s ultimately all there is. We should live a little more freely, speak a little more truthfully, choose a little more passionately.”


“Clash of the Kindles”

Huffington Post, March 29, 2009

My husband and I are in love with our Kindles. But the little hand held machines are straining our marriage. I should start with the arc of the romance: It all began with Kindle One. My husband brought the gadget home and I salivated as he began to wirelessly receive…


“Power in a Poem”

Huffington Post, February 4, 2009

Two days ago, I sat in a typical, hulking public school in the Bronx, in a sunny library with grates on the windows, and heard vigorous poetry. I’d shown up feeling tired, distracted, my Blackberry overrun with unreturned emails. But suddenly I was jarred by the raw…


“Family Politics”

Huffington Post, January 30, 2008

I believe that Kennedy decided Obama was the better person to heal this country at a critical time. NOW’s rebuke is exactly what allows …


“Confessions of a South Pacific groupie?”

Huffington Post, June 12, 2008

I’m a Type A, over-scheduled, super-rational person who has suddenly become a simpleminded, starry-eyed sap. The reason? I recently saw the revival of South Pacific at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater. I’ve been trying to keep my obsession in check. I haven’t written a fan letter or stalked…


“Victoria Joins the Anti-Role Models”

Huffington Post, July 17, 2007

Stupidity is in. I realize that’s not a revelation. Paris, Brittany, Nicole, and Lindsay have made stupidity seem stale by now. But then, last night, Victoria arrived. As in Beckham: The British siren who was a pop music success for five minutes in the 90s and went on…


“Recipe for a Happy Life”

Good Housekeeping, September 2006

Profile of Anna Quindlen


“Remembering David”

Ladies Home Journal, March 2005

Profile of David Bloom’s wife, Melanie


“Lost and Found”

Good Housekeeping, June 2005

Adopted Chinese sisters are reunited


“The Kids Stay Out of the Picture”

Radar, Summer 2005

Piece on the gay children of anti-gay conservatives


“An Illicit Yoga Love Story”

New York Magazine, May 23, 2005


“Nanny Scam”

New York Magazine, August 2, 2004


“Mom, why don’t we have a Christmas tree?”

Salon, December 18, 2003


“The Father They Adored”

Good Housekeeping, October, 2003

Interview with Klinghoffer daughters


“Hippos and Chickens and Pigs—Oh, My!”

Good Housekeeping, November 1, 2002

Profile of Sandra Boynton


“Don’t Ignore Our Son”

Parents Magazine, August 2002

Family coping with autistic child


“How Much is Dad Drinking?”

More Magazine, November 2002

Alcoholism among the elderly


“What’s in a Name?”

New York Sun, April 17, 2002

Profile of Jean-Georges Vongerichten


“Courting Katie”

Brill’s Content, Fall 2001

Katie Couric’s next move


“The Cult of Bloomberg”

Brill’s Content, 2001


“Isn’t It Rich? Aren’t They a Pair?”

Brill’s Content, May 2001

Bobby Zarem and Denise Rich


“Andrew Cuomo’s Quest for Camelot”

Talk Magazine, August 2001


“Every Mother’s Nightmare”

Talk Magazine, May 2000

Shaken baby case


“The Son Also Rises”

Brill’s Content, December 2000/January 2001

Profile of Bob Guccione, Jr.


“Blow Up”

Brill’s Content, June 2000

Richard Blow’s book about JFK Jr


Sweet on Sugar

Brill’s Content, November/December 1999


“The Politics of Personality”

Brill’s Content, March 1999

Interview with John Kennedy, Jr.


“Head to Head: Their Fight for your Morning”

Brill’s Content, April 1999

Diane Sawyer pitted against Katie Couric


“The Last Supper”

Brill’s Content, May 1999

Accompanying Ruth Reichl as she reviews her last restaurant for the NY Times


“Not the First time”

Brill’s Content, August 1998

With Rifka Rosenwein