In this issue: Patricia Averbach reflects on her time as a virtual Jew and explains how an unusual online world inspires real-life Jewish engagement. David Belasco gives a behind-the scenes look at “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism” at The Jewish Museum. A postmodern mother’s struggle over circumcising her son. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg with Lilith in her chambers.
by Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft
Remembering that dreaded knock at her door in June 1967, an Israeli-American political scientist talks poignantly about her losses, about Israel’s chronic grief and what war costs women.
poetry by Gigi Marks
by Joan Roth
Lilith’s staff photographer visits Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington.
by Patricia Averbach
A quirky online world inspires real-life Jewish engagement. Avatars (Javatars!) get all dressed up for shul, shabbos, and even getting virtually wasted at the Mitzvah Bar.
by Daniel Belasco
The curator of a dramatic new exhibition at New York’s Jewish Museum tells why he chose the paintings he did, and who might be included in our canon of Jewish feminist artists.
by Frances Brent and Judith Hausman
Fania Lewando’s Yiddish cookbook and the restaurant that nourished an era’s Yiddish writers.
fiction by Cherise Wolas
by Randi Glatzer
Stealing glances at little boys’ penises, a postmodern mother frets her way through the complexity of circumcision.
by Elizabeth Mandel
Ugly and necessary truths from a courageous new documentary film.
Shira Engel on "The Sabbath World: Glipses of a Different Order of Time"
Jordana Horn on "Something Red"
Rahel Lerner on "And the Rat Laughed"
Ilana Kurshan on "Wherever You Go"
Naomi Danis on "Hush," "Life, After," "My Life with the Lincolns," "Elvina's Mirror," and "Naomi's Song"
Jennie Rosenfeld on "Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Sex and Intimacy"
Hadar Schwartz on "The Cookbook Collector"
Sara N.S. Meirowitz on "Women and Men in Communal Prayer: Halakhic Perspectives" and "Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities"
Diane Cole on "If a Tree Falls: A Family's Quest to Hear and Be Heard"
Your guide to the wide worldcompiled by Naomi Danis