Gabrielle Birkner

Gabrielle Birkner

senior editor, @70facesmedia; co-founder @modernloss; mom of 2; @northwesternu alum; writing book for @harpercollins; can't get into yoga.

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The Huffington Post

Ayelet Yakira Galena, Critically Ill Girl's Struggle Goes Viral

When the Galenas, who are active in the Modern Orthodox community of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, announced Ayelet’s death, Jan. 31, the news moved quickly through Jewish circles and set off a wave of mourning the world over. The reaction to the blog -- and to the news its followers hoped never to hear -- is emblematic of the ways that the Internet is redrawing boundaries between public and private, and upending traditional definitions of Jewish community.