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Miriam Karp

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Miriam Karp is an award-winning writer, artist, Judaic studies teacher and lecturer. Her paintings explore intimate moments in Jewish life. Her first book, Painting Zaidy’s Dream: A Memoir of a Searching Soul, shares her story of search. Miriam lives in Cincinnati with her husband and family.
Since we were clearly visitors, people made room for us and guided us to the front so we could see through large, tinted windows.
My phone’s been really weird about charging the last few days. Seems like something is off-kilter in the charging port. I’ve had to juggle the charger, wiggle it around, get it in exactly the right place and the right angle for that elusive, all-important...
A few days ago, thank G‑d, I marked my 58th birthday. A fleeting day filled with a perhaps paradoxical mixture of serious reflection, a pink birthday crown, feeling grateful, being feted, and too many calories. Along with the joy, I felt an undercurrent o...
Overcoming my fears
I should go. I didn’t want to go. In all honesty, I was embarrassed to admit it, I was afraid to go. This was an antiquated, angrily disputed place; quite small, really. Though you’d never guess it by the media attention it drew. I pushed it to the back o...
Having the right focus
We are grownups, busy, efficient and productive, with many important lists on our planners. It’s hard for big people to enter that magical space, where time is suspended and birds are chirping...
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