"I turned fifty years old this year. I did not mark the event by giving away cars, nor by taking my friends and family to Morocco for the weekend. Instead, on the day itself, I spent the morning taking my daughter wedding dress shopping, and then spent the afternoon meeting with a group of women to establish a new women's political party in Israel. It was a nearly perfect day for me, a kind of a neat summary of Elana@50 – the personal and the political; the private and the public; my family but also the world; drawing on the love while stoking my fire; my drive for political change for women alongside a perhaps deeper drive to carve out my own little niche of newness. Perhaps it was an eclectic reality of my life as a Jewish woman – weaving my public work toward women's empowerment with my real, everyday experiences of, essentially, building loving and healthy relationships.
"Sounds nice, right? Except that a moment later, the world crumbled into little pieces....."
From the introduction to my new book, Conversations with my Body: Essays on my Life as a Jewish Woman