Elena Eisenstadt is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the class of 2026 at the University of Chicago where she hopes to study history or sociology. In her free time, she enjoys talking with friends, eating Philly soft pretzels, and humming along to songs whose titles she usually doesn’t remember.
" All the other kids at my Jewish day school had celebrations filled with Hollywood-red carpets, Eagles football paraphernalia, and Friends caricatures bordering the ballroom. They all had themes. It was practically law. Halachic law."
“In my life, I have been privileged enough to know the Sabi who is completed and influenced by the shapes, people, and sounds around him.”
Is that sexist? Sexism is not just the overt, hostile sexism portrayed in the media...
What do you do when you feel out of place at a party? This piece follows a girl who has a surprising way of getting out of unwanted situations!
Dealing with mental health issues can be a daunting task. But when we finally take the steps towards help, our perspectives can change completely.
As two sisters anxiously anticipate the road ahead, one thing's for certain: they're grateful to have each other.
When your parents divorce, the pain of separation can be felt even after they find love again...
Do you blindly follow what Judaism tells us to do? Or do you dig a little deeper?
In this essay, Sophie compares her theatrical depiction of group therapy versus her actual experience in it.
Her two forms circle like the seasons: Maiden and Monster Deceptively innocent beauty; Brilliant guillotine danger. Life and death incarnate. She is the Maiden, the dream, Cloudfar sunsets, radiant; Aphrodite...
Have you ever experienced anti-semitism to the point that it made you feel scared for your life?
When we focus too much on what other people think of us, we tend to lose sight of what's really important...
An unexpected death fills this writer's heart with overwhelming sadness, and is further complicated by her feelings of guilt and regret.
As we grow up, the world around us transforms no matter how hard we try to hold on to the magic of our youth.
It is important to challenge our preconceived notions of a people and a place...You never know what you might discover...
In order to truly get to know someone who is different from us, we must take the time to step into their shoes and show a little kindness.
When teenage girls turn to movies like Mean Girls for advice, what they receive is a distorted version of reality.
The palpable memories depicted in this piece will have you feeling and re-living the author's times at Cape Cod
Does growing old mean giving up and enduring the painful aspects of life as we near the end?
Despite the anti-Semitism or hate you might experience, choosing to believe in the good can only make the world a better place.
"Lesbian. Pro-Palestinian. Orthodox Jew...These labels don’t really jive in my community."
"Today is the day you will officially decide that you have had enough of the way you look."
Ahava recounts her struggles with an eating disorder that shaped how she viewed her worthiness in the world.
"Maybe I will look back on this Rosh Hashanah with the same bewilderment I feel looking back on my seven-year-old self."
“He drew the stars with his eyes,/And with them, he mapped the syzygies”
“You’re beautiful,” I repeat to her. And she is. (Most of her.)
“I never wanted to like the color pink, either.”
“Some words have reached a point where they become more than a combination of letters.”
I grew up attending religious Modern Orthodox schools. There has always been someone trying to force their views on me. One thing that I...