In this issue: How do 20-somethings date now? Three rabbi’s daughters talk about their interfaith relationships. “Off and Running”—the documentary film about an adopted African-American teenager’s identity quest in her Jewish lesbian family. A progressive Jew explains why she had to have an Orthodox wedding. Learning to take credit for the good that we do.
by Susan Schnur
Three (very Jewish) rabbis’ daughters, inhabiting a multicultural, radically new world, dish seriously about their non-Jewish partnering.
Opper’s new documentary powerfully chronicles the feelings — and the poignant searching — of Avery Klein-Cloud, an African-American teenager who at birth was adopted into an interracial Jewish lesbian family in Brooklyn
by Judy Batalion
What drives a progressive Jewish woman to marry under Orthodox strictures in an Orthodox synagogue? Sometimes, the building itself.
by Ilana Kurshan
Launching the nuptial festivities, a traditional wedding tisch (“table”) has been a men-only occasion for teaching and learning. Here, Lilith’s book editor tells what she taught the guests at her wedding.
by Joan Roth
Powerful images of women Torah readers, Torah makers, scholars and interpreters, and what’s behind their often transgressive work.
Some of the weird and wonderful ways that brain chemistry and culture collide to affect whom we love, and how.
fiction by Elaine Silverstein
poetry by Ruth Sabath Rosenthal
by Marjorie Attignol Salvodon
A Haitian-American reflects on what Judaism has taught her in relation to childhood motherloss and Haiti’s devastation.
Diane Cole on “Invisible Sisters: A Memoir”
Ariella Kurshan on “Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future”
Nechama Liss-Levinson on “One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular”
Frances Brent on “What Happened to Anna K.”
Alieza Salzberg on “The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism”
Amy Stone on “Shanghai Refuge, A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto”
Yona Zeldis McDonough on “Devotion”
Larissa Remennick on “Yeshiva Fundamentalism: Piety, Gender, and Resistance in the Ultra-Orthodox World”
Diane M. Sharon on “Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other”
Ruth Ellen Gruber on “The Jewish Husband”
Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield on “New Jewish Feminism”
Your indispensable guidecompiled by Naomi Danis