The Limmud conference starts today and continues through Thursday. The Forward is exclusively providing the live stream of the event in North America.
Limmud is supposed to be a big tent. But it apparently isn’t expansive enough to accommodate one author’s broad backside.
The rear end in question belongs to provocative author and spoken word artist Vanessa Hidary on the cover of her memoir, “The Last Kaiser Roll in the Bodega.” A drawing of Hidary, known at The Hebrew Mamita, is shown from behind as she poses sexily in tight jeans with Stars of David on the back pockets.
The booksellers at a pop-up bookshop at Limmud’s conference in Coventry, England, refused to sell the book.
Hidary asked the independent vendor who had been contracted to run the conference bookstore if she could at least make a sign to notify customers about contacting her website to buy the book. But the bookseller refused.
“This is not appropriate and would upset religious people who come in here,” Hidary reported the vendor’s representative as saying to her.