Publications

Sabbath Alone

sabbath-alone-first-things

 

Matchless: An Observant Jew Searches for Love

https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/matchless

Matchless

 

Bareheaded: Uncovering My Hair After Divorce

Bareheaded final

Bareheaded Lydia Polimeni

 

Orthodox Baby Boom!

Why are Orthodox Jews having so many children?  Did they always have so many? Viva Hammer’s groundbreaking article describes the new phenomenon.

Jewish action final

 

Choosing Homeschooling

Are schools a must or an option?  Viva Hammer describes one family’s journey to Teaching Their Own.

Choosing Homeschooling PDF

 

Blood Rhythms

https://theaterjblogs.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/what-mikveh-means-to-me-sex-in-an-orthodox-jewish-marriage/

 

Sacred Books

http://brooklynnonfiction.blogspot.com/2015/01/sacred-books-of-brooklyn-by-viva-hammer.html

 

Always Artful Jew

In this era doused with fleshy image, we need not be ashamed of our wordy heritage devoid of sensual media. Despite the destruction of synagogues and communities, confiscation from us (many times over) of vast gilded wealth and bonfires of book burnings, we have held on to our words.

Artful Jew

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=197685

 

Black Fire Upon White Fire

Men’s prayer comes together so naturally, so seemingly effortlessly.  Every day, twice a day, a boy waits for his moment, while his sister waits at home. Creating a prayer service entirely of girl novices, who have spent their lives waiting at home, never having been apprenticed or even mingled with the performers, is like conducting a symphony with an orchestra of nursery children. You might lose a few notes.

Black Fire

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=195909

 

Voice of a Woman

A mother’s voice is the prime stimulus the unborn child receives from the universe: the sound of a woman is the most arousing thing there is.

Voice of a Woman

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=206633 Voice of a Woman

 

Brides of Blood

I spent the week between my son’s birth and his circumcision on the kitchen floor, breast pump in one hand and telephone in the other, searching for a mohel.

Brides of Blood

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=171547

 

Hametz and Taxes

April 15 is the day Americans must file their taxes, which means that for Jewishly observant accountants, the Passover season is as hellish at work as it is at home.

Hametz

http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/PersonalNotes/Article.aspx?id=171793

 

Every Hour a Kiss

Two unforgettable events remain with me from my last visit to Israel : a kiss and a hug.

Every Hour A Kiss

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=173244

 

Mothertongue

When my daughter was thrust into Hebrew immersion in first grade, I seized the chance to start speaking Hebrew at home. For an Australian living in America, this wasn’t an obvious choice.

Mothertongue

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=174326

 

Landswoman at a Jerusalem Mikva

Standing on the edge of the mikve pool, lighted and hidden by candlelight, in the midst of a total electrical blackout and of the darkness of the intifada, we chatted about the incomparably beautiful hometown which we had both abandoned.

Landswoman

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=176762

 

Moonrise

The moon is the woman’s parallel in the unequal upper spheres, and I show my partnership with her by joining the community in song on her monthly birthday.

Moonrise

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=178046

 

Fasting, mourning and nursing at the Trianon Palace

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=180844

 

Communing While Commuting

The rabbis require mindful prayer thrice daily. Such a goal is for angels. It is neither possible, nor necessary for human beings – and certainly not for working parents. I step into the train, find a snug spot between the benches and the driver’s cabin and begin, Hoydu laHashem kiru bishmoy hoydi’u b’amim aliloysov, Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Davening before the mixed multitude of Washington commuters, I reckon I have fulfilled all three of the verse’s prescriptions. Not an ecstatic encounter, but not a bad beginning for an ordinary Monday morning.

Communing

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=179404

 

The Rebbetzin Will Keep Her Name

http://www.jofa.org/pdf/08JOFASpring.pd page 20,

http://www.chabad.org/theJewishWoman/article_cdo/aid/456158/jewish/The-Rebbetzin-Will-Keep-Her-Name.htm

 

No Daddys Here, Please

No Daddys Here Please

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=181651

 

Runaway Sistah

Runaway Sistah

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=183797

 

Chelsea’s Yarmulke

Chelsea’s Yarmulke

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=184569

 

Titles Do Not the Rabbi Make

Titles Do Not the Rabbi Make

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=186105

 

Making a Meaningful Bat Mitzva

http://www.ou.org/pdf/ja/5770/spring70/44-47.pdf

 

Kosher In Israel

Kosher In Israel

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=193109

 

Ten Righteous Souls

Ten Righteous Souls

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=186105

 

Diaspora Holiday Bonus

Diaspora Holiday Bonus

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=188910

 

Abominable Dilemmas

Abominable Dilemmas

Holiday (mis)Givings

Holiday (mis)givings

 

Be Thee To Me Betrothed

Be Thee To Me Betrothed

 

Stay at work (kollel) wife

Stay at work internet

 

The best driving failer in the state

Recidivist

 

Falling on Deaf Ears

Falling on Deaf Ears Internet

 

Are You Hungry?

Are You Hungry

 

Educating Bruria

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/Judaism/Article.aspx?id=194949


“Alternative Energy Gets a Second Wind,” Tax Notes, Nov. 22, 2010 TNT 2010-11-22 Wind
“Martin Ginsburg, Who Found a Good Job, Along With His Wife,” Forward, July 9, 2010 http://www.forward.com/articles/129060/
“What’s New in US Tax and Accounting?” Derivatives & Financial Instruments, IBFD, Vol. 12, No. 4, July/August 2010 DFI 2010-7 Updates
“US Taxation of Foreign Currency Derivatives: 30 Years of Uncertainty,” Bulletin for International Taxation, IBFD, Vol. 64, No. 3, March 2010 FX Bulletin VH
“Did Credit Derivatives Cause the Financial Crisis?” Jurist.Diction, Autumn 2010 Credit Derivatives and Financial Crisis http://sydney.edu.au/law/alumni/docs_pdfs/2010/JuristDiction_Mar10.pdf
“1256 and Currency Contracts: It’s a Mess Inside,” in the compendium “Examining the Straddle Rules after 25 Years,” Tax Notes, Dec. 21, 2009 TNT 2009-12 Straddle FX
“Taxation of High-Yield Debt – Beware the End of the Reprieve,” Tax Notes, Vol. 124, No. 11, Sept. 14, 2009 TNT 2009-9-14 AHYDO
“Financial Products Audits: Understanding the Process and the Issues,” (with Ann Singer) Derivatives & Financial Instruments, IBFD, Vol. 10, No. 6, November/December 2008 DFI 2008-2 Audits
“Oil Speculation Tax Discussion Roils the Markets,” Derivatives & Financial Instruments, IBFD, Vol. 10, No. 5, September/October 2008
“Evolution of Safe Harbor Rules under Section 475,” (with Ann Singer) Derivatives & Financial Instruments, IBFD, Vol. 10, No. 3, May/June 2008, reproduced in Chartered Accountant Practice Journal, Vol. 24, Part 5, December 2008 DFI 2008-7 MTM
“How Should a Corporation Strategically Review Its Capital Markets and Financial Activities in the United States,” Derivatives & Financial Instruments, IBFD, Vol. 10, No. 1, January/February 2008 DFI 2008 Financial Prods Review
“The Taxman Commeth,” Alpha Magazine, Institutional Investor, September 2007
“Insurance Derivatives: A Tax Angle,” Practicing Law Institute, 2001-2010
“Review of Current Financial Literature,” Derivatives and Financial Instruments, IBFD, November/December 2003 DFI 2003-11 Review financial lit
“Financial Engineering: Derivatives and Risk Management,” Journal of Financial Institutions, November/December 2002
“Theory of Financial Risks,” Journal of Financial Institutions, January/February 2002
“Insurance Derivatives: U.S. Tax Issues,” CCH Journal of Financial Products, Spring 2001
“FASITS,” Derivatives and Financial Instruments, IBFD (2001), with Ann E. Singer DFI 2001-1 FASIT
Financial Products Columnist, CPA Journal, Journal of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, 1996-2000
http://www.nysscpa.org/cpajournal/1998/0198/dept/D720198.htm
http://www.nysscpa.org/cpajournal/1998/0398/Departments/D650398.htm
http://www.nysscpa.org/cpajournal/1997/0597/depts/products.htm
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa5346/is_199903/ai_n21436642/?tag=content;col1
“Taxation of Index Options,” Derivatives and Financial Instruments, IBFD, January/February 2000 DFI 2000-1 Index Options
“Taxation of Hybrid Instruments,” Derivatives and Financial Instruments, IBFD, November/December 1999 DFI 1999-11 Hybrids
“Methods of Mathematical Finance,” Derivatives and Financial Instruments, IBFD, September/October 1999 DFI 1999-9 Methods Mathematical Finance
“Taxation of Credit Derivatives,” Derivatives and Financial Instruments, IBFD, July/August 1999 DFI-1999-7 CDS
“Financial Risk Management,” Derivatives Tax, Regulation, Finance, November 1998
“Accounting and Tax Implications of Credit Derivatives,” Credit Derivatives, ed. Satyajit Das, John Wiley, 1998
“Taxation of Equity Derivatives,” Equity Derivatives: Applications in Risk Management, Risk Publications, 1997
“US Tax Aspects of Equity Derivatives,” Tax Management Financial Products Report, November 1997 TMFPR 1997 Equity Derivatives
“US Tax and Equity Derivatives,” Tax Management Memorandum, October 1997
“US Taxation of Foreign Currency Futures, Options and Forwards,” Tax Management Financial Products Report, August 1997 TMFPR 1997 FX
“Taxation of Financial Instruments,” Tax Notes, July 1997 TNT 1997-7 Taxn of Financial Instruments
“Demystifying the Mathematics of Derivatives,” Derivatives Strategy, June 1997 http://www.derivativesstrategy.com/magazine/archive/1997/0697book.asp
“Derivatives Demystified, Twice,” Tax Notes, June 1997 TNT 1997-6 Derivatives Demystified Twice
“Australian and US Transfer Pricing Rules Track Each Other,” Journal of International Tax, June 1994