Understanding the history and the meaning of the word “shiksa”


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

From “Portnoy’s Complaint” to “Seinfeld”, the word shiksa is firmly embedded in popular culture. Where does the word come from, and how has its meaning changed over time? In this episode, we’re bringing you another installment of our “Word of the Week” series, where we dig into one word and explore how it relates to Jewish women. Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Keren McGinity, and Kylie Ora Lobell give us their takes.

This episode features music by Alicia Jo Rabins (www.aliciajo.com).

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