I Am a Real Doctor But I'm Not a Real Wolf

Sarah Wolf
Personal reflections on Talmud, academia, teaching, gender and feminism, contemporary Jewish belief and practice, and any other thoughts that may enter my head
Created 24 Feb 2021
  • Summer hiatus!
    06 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    I’m really glad I did not promise you readers that this newsletter would be written on any specific schedule, because lately I have not been sticking to the personal schedule I was previously holding ...
  • One of the yeshiva boys
    01 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 0 1
    I've been thinking a lot recently about how I got into Talmud, and in particular how absolutely wacky my first introduction to it was. I was a Literature major in college with a concentration in Frenc...
  • Ugly Jewish Feelings
    21 May 2021 • 4 min read • 5 2
    I was talking with my friend Francesca a while ago about how if I were at a party with certain members of the Brooklyn literary scene, from whom I am 0-3 degrees of social connection and whose parties...
  • Essay Fun Time
    26 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    A few years ago, my friend sent me a text saying, more or less, “You’ve broken up with a lot of people! Could you give some advice to another friend who is trying to decide whether to end a serious re...
  • Shabbos pants
    14 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 1 6
    When I was in high school, I had this New Yorker cartoon taped to the front of my planner: Wittgenstein, who is NOT THE SUBJECT OF THIS NEWSLETTER PLEASE DO NOT RUN AWAY, was a 20th century analytic p...
  • That's not my mother's minhag
    23 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 2 1
    It’s April 2012, I am preparing for my first Passover as a halakha1-observant Jew, and I am frantically scrambling to get everything right. I almost forget to sign up to have our leaven sold to a non-...
  • On a Personal Note
    14 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    When I left my first job out of college, my boss’s boss told me something like, “One day you’ll understand what professionalism is.” I don’t think he meant it meanly, and in retrospect, I truly did no...
  • It's Funny Because it's Terrifying
    26 Feb 2021 • 5 min read
    A day or two after the capitol was attacked on Jan. 6, I was talking to my friend Raffi about our reactions as we watched the events of the day unfold. He said that it had been hard for him to know ho...
  • About the name
    24 Feb 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    I’m a big fan of They Might Be Giants, and when I got my Ph.D I made up a song about myself to the tune of their banger (I mean, I think so!) Dr. Worm that goes: They call me Dr. Wolf Good morning, ho...
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