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Powerhouse sisters fight over whether women should vote. Breaking all the rules of widowhood. How a non-Jewish wife finds her place in Jewish ritual. A lawyer for abused women unearths memories of her own. Seeing one’s body as divine. The complexities of mental illness in a Jewish family. Dad’s heroin addiction spurs a daughter’s feminism.

 

Illustration by Shifra Whiteman

My Body, Divinely

Rishe Groner

Overweight. Anorexic. Miserable. Then the author discovers, with joy and after decades of struggle, how to love the skin she’s in. 

Illustration by Soft Naydenova

A Place at the Table

Jennifer Burleigh

What shifts for this non-Jewish wife, so that she rightfully claims her ritual role. 

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A Family History of Mental Illness

Joy Peskin

Tenderness, pathology and fear bind this mother and daughter. 

Art by Daria Dorosh, "Doily Face."

The Search Committee

Naomi Myrvaagnes

fiction by Naomi Myrvaagnes 

Illustration by Annelise Capossela

Words That Hurt

Evelyn Becker

A lawyer devoted to rescuing women, Becker finds out what their travails trigger in her own memories. 

In her first year of widowhood, Karen Paul and her daughter. Rosh Hashanah 2016.

Defiance

Karen Paul

A young widow disobeys all the rules about what not to do when you’re swimming through sorrow. And saves herself. 

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How a Father’s Addiction Formed a Jewish Feminist

Sharon Leder

Was her father’s capitulation to heroin an unlikely model for her work?