I’m interested in religion and spirituality, with an eye for the American arcane.
For the New York Times, I’ve written about the self-taught Egyptologist and writer known as Dr. Ben, a veteran Theosophist bookshop, a bakery specializing in the cuisine of the Nation of Islam, and what it was like being a Jewish lobsterman in Maine.
My work on the Hebrew Israelite movement has been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post and the music site Genius, where I wrote about the community’s influence on rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Kodak Black.
As a staff writer at the Forward, I covered many topics — including a feature on a Sri Lankan guru and his Jewish disciples, a series of articles on the growth of Judaism among the Igbo of Nigeria, and more coverage of the Hebrew Israelite movement. I also wrote frequently about the online “alt-right” and how a resurgent white nationalism is impacting the Jewish community. A full list of my Forward bylines can be found here.