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Author Anita Diamant On Menstruation, Mikvah, and Inclusivity

By Jewish Arts Collaborative

Published Oct 6, 2022

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JLive Presents Anita Diamant

(17 min) Condensed from original, recorded May, 2021.  

Best selling author, Anita Diamant joins JArts Executive Director Laura Mandel on JLive to speak about her work creating an inclusive mikvah for all Jews and her book, Period. End of Sentence., published in May, 2021. Anita is the author of the novels The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life.  

Purchase Period. End of Sentence. here. 

 

About JLive: 

JLive, an ongoing project from the Jewish Arts Collaborative, is a series of virtual cultural experiences that bring us together to explore and celebrate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression. The professionals featured in the series span a wide range of creative mediums, from animation to klezmer to papercutting, all with connections to the Greater Boston Area. 

Above: “A Period Should End a Sentence, Not a Girl's Education” 

(3 mins) For Simon & Schuster Books, Anita Diamant gives a synopsis of her book and tells us how we can actively fight stigma and stop period poverty.  

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JArts’ mission is to curate, celebrate, and build community around the diverse world of Jewish arts, culture, and creative expression. Our vision is of a more connected, engaged, and tolerant world inspired by Jewish arts and culture. Learn more at jartsboston.org.

Reflections

For Jews of all genders:  

Have you ever been to a mikvah? Why or why not?  

For Jews of all denominations:  

What is your experience with "gendered" Judaism?  

For everyone, Jewish or not:  

Are you comfortable talking about menstruation? Would you consider it a taboo subject? What other subjects do you feel strange talking openly about? 

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