Writer known for her focus on Jewish topics, which are the subjects of her multitude of books. She's worked for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington as a scholar-in-residence.
She attended Yeshiva University for her undergraduate studies and later studied at Harvard University and University of London.
She's taught at George Washington University, as well as American University and has been a regular contributor to the Washington Post.
She and her husband have four children.
She and Cynthia Ozick have both written about Jewish experiences.