A Doorway to Change

Psychedelic drugs are in the vanguard of treatment for addiction, raising the paradoxical question of whether one mind-altering substance can override dependence on another. Psychology Today, May 2017

Sympathy for the Deviant

The intense stigma surrounding child sexual abuse clouds an already misunderstood subject and may even prevent people from getting help, before they commit harm. Psychology Today, December 2015

90º N, 0º W 

Frederick Cook was celebrated as a polar explorer extraordinaire, then tarnished as a fraud. Now, long after his death, he's redeemed. NYU Magazine, Spring 2014

Traveling in Southeast Asia with a Rock-Star Baby (New York Times, December 17, 2010)

City of Refuge (New York Times, March 27, 2007)

Beyond the Buzz, Red Hook Remembers (New York Times, August 20, 2006)


Health & Psychology

The Letting Go (Psychology Today, June 2015)

The Everywoman in Gracie Mansion (Psychology Today, October 2014)

Love The One You're Near (Psychology Today, August 2014)

Popping Xanax Is More Harmful Than You Think  (Self, February 2014)

Trip to the Doctor (NYU Magazine, Spring 2013)

Girls on Pills (Cosmopolitan, January 2013)

Can Ecstasy Help People Suffering from Trauma?  (Tablet, October 8, 2013)

Should You Freeze Your Eggs? (Cosmopolitan, January 2012)


Crime & Public Health

Change of Heart: Patty Wetterling Questions Sex Offender Laws (City Pages, March 20, 2013)

Why Aren't We Doing More To Stop Child Pornography Before It Starts? (Slate, January 25, 2013)

How Can We Stop Pedophiles? (Slate, September 24, 2012)

What Happened to Jessica? (Cosmopolitan, September 2012)

The Search for the Baseline Killer (Cosmopolitan, May 2012)

If He Couldn't Have Her, Nobody Could (Cosmopolitan, December 2011)



Five Myths About Hanukkah (Washington Post, December 2, 2015)

Powering Down (Tablet, June 16, 2011)

Evangelicals Like Us (Tablet, February 21, 2008)

Free Spirit (Tablet, August 27, 2008)

By a Thread (Tablet, March 27, 2008)

Do It Yourself (Tablet, September 18, 2007)

Among the Holy Schleppers (Tablet, September 16, 2005)

Rabbi's Journey Leads to 'Ecstatic' Minyan (The Forward, May 19, 2006)


Parenting & Children

How To Raise a Mensch (New York Times, August 22, 2016)

A Conception Conundrum (Psychology Today, December 2013)

9 Bad Influences on Your Child (Or You) (Real Simple, April 2014)

The Duck Who Shared Her Eggs: How Modern Children's Books Approach Reproduction (The Atlantic, 2013)

The Latest in Strollers? Mom and Dad (NYC, March 11, 2010)

The Mama Furlough (The Forward, January 3, 2012)

Teaching Toddlers About Haman (The Forward, March 6, 2012)


New York City

Marriage on their Minds (NYT, August 10, 2008)

The Color of Rebellion, Once Upon a Time (NYT, March 2, 2008)

At the Yippie Museum, It's Parrots and Flannel (NYT, January 20, 2008)

Grab, Grunt and Lift in a Temple of Muscle (NYT, December 16, 2007)

Pins and Needles (NYT, December 2, 2007)

The Last Lace-Up (NYT, April 22, 2007)

The Tamale Girl of Williamsburg (NYT, January 7, 2007)

In the Land of Co-ops, Coops (NYT, October 1, 2006)

Praying for Souls, and Maybe a Mate (NYT, October 1, 2006)

The Beating Pulse of the 18th Floor (NYT, April 23, 2006)

A Desire Named Streetcar (NYT, January 15, 2006)

The Pride of Columbus (NYT, December 11, 2005)

Battlefield Medics Shaped in Civilian Setting (NYT, December 6, 2005

The Kennedys of Brownsville (NYT, November 6, 2005)

Eight Million Sets of Fingernails (NYT, April 3, 2005)

Have You Been Naughty? Exploring the World of Corsets and Kink (NYT, March 20, 2005)

He Must Be a Dream to Cook For (NYT, February 6, 2005)

To Mecca, By Way of Madison Ave. (NYT, January 25, 2005)

A Diaspora of Israelis, Decompressing (NYT, October 5, 2003)



Vietnam, Above the Clouds (NYT, October 31, 2010)

How Not to Act Around a Monk in Laos (Christian Science Monitor, July 14, 2010)

A Bike Trail That Traces the Way to Freedom (NYT, May 29, 2009)

Soaking in the Desert Scenery (NYT, March 13, 2009)

Property Prospectus: Haiku, Maui, Hawaii (Monocle, April 2009)



The Search for Utopia Reaches the End of the Road in 'American Commune'  (Tablet, July 24, 2013) 

Indie Rockers, 90210 (NYT, June 21, 2009)

Immigrant Actors Tell Their Story  (Christian Science Monitor, June 29, 2009)

The Dinner Was Potluck, But Then, So Was the Art  (NYT, March 27, 2007)



Love the One You're Near (Psychology Today, Spring 2014)

Forces to Reckon With (NYU Magazine, Fall 2013)

Earth Goes Urban (NYU Magazine, Fall 2013)

World Feeder (Tablet, May 4, 2011)

Fresh Goat Milk, Dead Wood and Dubious Neighbors (NYT, February 22, 2011)

Food Fight (Tablet, August 16, 2011)

Hipsters on Food Stamps (Salon, March 10, 2010)

Dog Massage? Isn't Petting Enough? (NYT, April 20, 2011)

A Wood-Fired Hot Tub for an Old-Style Soak (NYT, October 21, 2010)


Anthologized Essays

“Honoring Hip-Hop’s Cool Side” The New York Times' Book of New York

“Among the Holy Schleppers” The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt

“Cut-and-Paste Revolution: Notes from the Girl Zine Explosion” 
The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism

“From Riot Grrrl to Yeshiva Girl, or How I Became My Own Damn Rabbi” 
Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism