I was getting message after message Monday about the horrible NY Post article on Joy Ladin’s return to her work at Yeshiva University.
I was also beyond annoyed that many didn’t discuss her accomplishments as a writer. Joy is the author of two books of poetry, “Alternatives to History,” and “The Book of Anna,” both published by Sheep Meadow Press; has been published in many magazines, including “Parnassus,” “North American Review,” “The Michigan Quarterly” and “Exquisite Corpse;” and was nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize. Ladin has also taught at Princeton and Reed College, and served as Poet-in-Residence at Tel Aviv University on a Fulbright scholarship. During her time away from YU, she taught at Sarah Lawrence College. She’s working on her memoir, “Inside/Out: Woman Caught in the Act of Becoming.”
So, what did I do on Monday instead?
I did what happens less and less these days — I wrote Joy first, directly, to personally wish her well.
I wanted to do what I know I’ve needed at times in the past; to let her know that her community loves her, and that she is not alone, and that there are more of us than we know — Jewish, coming from spiritual or observant backgrounds, artists and creative writers, and who live beautifully rich gender lives.
So Joy, I wish you nothing but nachas in the coming months ahead. May you continue to thrive, share your joy with all of us, and that we get to hear more of your wonderful writing!
Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam Sh’hechianu, v’kimanu, v’higiyanu, la’zman hazeh.
Blessed are You, Eternal One, our God Ruler of Time and Space who has kept us alive, and sustained us, and helped us to arrive at this moment.