Lisa Batya Feld

Lisa Feld

Lisa Batya Feld is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Newton Center, Massachusetts. She is also a novelist, drawing her inspiration from history and folklore, stories of what was, what might have been, and what might yet be.

Blog Posts

Israeli Flags in Jerusalem

Next Year in Jerusalem

by Lisa Batya Feld

A rabbinical student studying in Israel explores how it feels to say “Next Year in Jerusalem” this year, knowing that next year she won’t be there.

Topics: Passover, Zionism
Abigail Pogrebin (Media Object Resized)

Abigail Pogrebin On Her Jewish Year

by Lisa Batya Feld

Abigail Pogrebin was Jewish, but not that Jewish. That is, like many Jews she knew, she expressed her religion more through culture than through traditional practice. A few years ago, Pogrebin started wondering whether she was missing out on something important and decided to find out by celebrating eighteen Jewish holidays in twelve months.

What resulted was My Jewish Year.

Emma Goldman Sign

On More Perfect Unions

by Lisa Batya Feld

We have always been this bad. And we have always been better than this. Grappling with this contradiction has always been hard for us as American Jews, sometimes able to “pass” or be folded into the comforts of white privilege, sometimes abruptly and painfully othered.

Camping Stock Photo

The Campsite Guide to Exiting Relationships

by Lisa Batya Feld

Breakups are complicated. The models we get from pop culture often involve lots of drama, betrayal, and revenge. In the other direction, the Jewish value of shalom bayit, “peace in the home,” can be taken to an extreme where women are pressured to stay and try to fix things no matter how bad things get. But shalom bayit is not the only Jewish value that can be applied to relationships.

Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor

A Female Doctor: It's About Time

by Lisa Batya Feld
Over the past decade, some fans (as well as former stars of the show) have commented about the fact that while the infinitely curious and adventurous Doctor can regenerate into any body imaginable, somehow the actors that get chosen for the role have been uniformly white and male. Until now.
Topics: Feminism, Television
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When We Talk About Abortion

by Lisa Batya Feld

There is no condemnation of abortion in the New Testament, the Torah, or the Koran.

The Beautiful Possible Book Cover

The Beautiful Possible: An Interview with Amy Gottlieb

by Lisa Batya Feld

In The Beautiful Possible, Amy Gottlieb traces the lives of rabbis and spiritual seekers who are connected in an intricate web of love and secrets, following them from the ashrams of India to the suburbs of 1950s America. JWA sat down with Gottlieb to discuss how she came to write her first novel, the influence of poetry, and how characters can surprise you.

Topics: Fiction
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The Translators and Spies of the Reproductive Rights Movement

by Lisa Batya Feld

This Women’s History Month, the Jewish Women’s Archive is celebrating the thousands of Jewish women who have participated in activism and resistance in the United States. We all know the names of the most famous women who shaped these movements, from Gloria Steinem to Emma Goldman: the women with the megaphones, with the loud voices and stirring speeches, the women whose names made it into the history books.

"The only hope is shoulder to shoulder" Women's March sign

All The Mornings After

by Lisa Batya Feld

The march had originally anticipated 25,000 participants, and by Friday, more than 105,000 had registered. Most people there, like me, had not, so the crowd was mind-bogglingly huge.

Hidden Figures Movie Still

Hidden Figures, Hidden Stories

by Lisa Batya Feld

There is a repeated scene throughout Hidden Figures in which Katherine Goble Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) types her name into the bylines of her reports only to be told that “computers” (most of whom are women) don’t author papers; she must erase her identity from her work.

Topics: Film

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lisa Batya Feld." (Viewed on September 20, 2019) <https://qa.jwa.org/blog/author/lisa-batya-feld>.

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