Binah (magazine)

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Frequency Weekly
Publisher Ruth Lichtenstein
Year founded 2006
First issue Elul 2006
Company Binah Magazine Corporation
Country United States
Based in Brooklyn, New York
Language English
ISSN 1752-2900
OCLC number 77487511

Binah (Hebrew: בינה‎‎, "Insight") is a Jewish women's magazine published weekly by Binah Magazine Corporation, a subsidiary of Hamodia Publishing Corporation. It debuted in Elul 2006.

Binah features articles appealing to Jewish women, including family matters, health, recipes, short stories and serialized novels.[1] It is known for its full-color, glossy pages and its coverage of topics not usually discussed in mainstream Orthodox Jewish publications,[2] such as divorce, single-parenting, home budgeting, and medical conditions. Its articles often create a buzz in Orthodox circles and online blogs. For example, a 2012 article on summer camp security led to a summer-camp inspection by New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind and New York State Senate hopeful Simcha Felder (he was elected to office a few months later) at Camp Agudah in upstate New York.[3]

Binah's first food editor, Estee Kafra, spun off her weekly kosher recipe column into two cookbooks, Spice It Right[4] and Cooking With Color.[5]


Each issue of Binah includes fiction, poetry, and serialized novels. Novels originally serialized in Binah and Binah Bunch have been published by mainstream Jewish book publishers. These include:

  • Dual Dilemmas[6]
  • Full Harvest[7]
  • Pass or Fail[8]
  • Shortchanged[9]

Binah Bunch/Binah BeTween[edit]

Binah also produces the two-sided Binah Bunch Clubhouse/Binah BeTween glossy magazine for children and young teens, which is distributed together with the women's magazine.

Binah is distributed in the United States, England and Israel.


  1. ^ "SimchaGifts Affiliates". Simcha Gifts. 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ Berger, Zackery Sholem (August 8, 2012). "Haredi Women's Lit Explodes: The writers and editors behind the astonishing rise of Orthodox magazines and fiction". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Binah Magazine Joins Forces With Agudath Israel And Local Politicians To Advance The Issue Of Camp Security". The Lakewood Scoop. July 23, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Spice it Right Binah Magazine Cookbook". 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cooking With Color – 2 books in one". 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Ben Shachar, Chaya Sara (2012). Dual Dilemmas. Feldheim Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59826-913-0. 
  7. ^ Schwartz, Etka Gitel (2012). Full Harvest. Chilazon. ISBN 1427695334. 
  8. ^ Wiederblank, Sara (2009). Pass or Fail. Hamodia Treasures. ISBN 0967564573. 
  9. ^ Schwartz, Etka Gitel (2010). Shortchanged. Aardvark Global Publishing. ISBN 1427647518. 

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