Sally Wiener Grotta Author, Photographer & Speaker
- Discovering Myself in Arcane Talmudic Argumentsby Sally Wiener Grotta on October 3, 2021 at 7:09 pm
Talmudic discussions are arcane arguments that I often find irrelevant and nitpicky. And yet, as an author and artist, I find myself responding to daily "daf yomi" emails discussing how ancient sages interpreted even older laws, and even being inspired creatively by them.
- My Day of Awe: Dressing the Torah for the High Holy Daysby Sally Wiener Grotta on August 24, 2021 at 3:28 pm
Today, I held a Torah in my arms for the first time, as I helped dress the scrolls for the High Holy Days. Though I'm not religious, the experience filled me with awe, seeping into my marrow, and like my stories, it changed me in ways I haven't yet fully processed.
- My Latest MIT Technology Review Report: Mapping the Way to Climate Resilienceby Sally Wiener Grotta on August 3, 2021 at 3:28 pm
Global Risks Report 2021 names extreme weather due to climate change and human-driven environmental damage among the most pressing risks of the next decade. Here's how some companies (such as AT&T) are using GIS (geographical information systems) to be more resilient against potential climate change crises.
- “Honor” a Novella by Daniel Grotta Comes Alive in the Reading of a Play by David Zarkoby Sally Wiener Grotta on May 24, 2021 at 12:54 am
The reading of Honor, a play by David Zarko, based on a novella by Daniel Grotta, was a riveting performance, with richly textured characters. A story about the fragility and power of the human heart, it centers on Jeff Smith who is haunted by what he did or didn't do during the Vietnam War era.
- Guest Blog: : “What would our holidays look like without assumptions of female servitude?”by Sally Wiener Grotta on March 29, 2021 at 5:02 pm
Guest blog from Elana Sztokman that asks, What would our rituals and celebrations look like without the cultural expectation of mother working for days in the kitchen to prepare for them?
- Am I the Orange on the Passover Seder Plate?by Sally Wiener Grotta on March 23, 2021 at 2:48 am
I have long identified with the orange on the Passover seder plate, though I didn't know the full story behind this feminist ritual until recently. What in your life experiences has made you feel like the orange on the seder plate?
- The Perfect Pandemic Anniversary Giftsby Sally Wiener Grotta on March 13, 2021 at 2:26 am
When my friend Saroj asked me what this Covid isolation had given me, suddenly, I was looking at the past year through an entirely different lens - not one of deprivation and loneliness or dangers and deaths, but of introspection. Who will I be as I walk away from my safe bunker into a strange new world? What do I want to take from the isolation and keep with me?
- If You Could Transport Back to Eden, Would You Eat the Apple?by Sally Wiener Grotta on March 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm
If you could be magically transported into Eve's body before she reached for the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, would you pick and eat it, knowing what you know of life? It's a question that goes to the core of what it means to be human and to be free to make mistakes.
- And To Think That I Read It On Mulberry Streetby Sally Wiener Grotta on March 4, 2021 at 3:20 am
While the choice to discontinue publishing six Dr. Seuss books isn't necessarily a case of censorship, it can lead to a dangerous rewriting of history. If we whitewash the past, how can we work toward a better future?
- How the World Food Programme Is Changing Livesby Sally Wiener Grotta on March 3, 2021 at 8:53 pm
The UN's World Food Programme -- the world’s largest humanitarian organization -- is on a mission to solve world hunger by 2030. The key: geospatial technology.