In this issue: Susan Schnur celebrates the Jewish women’s stories revealed in Lilith’s 35 years of publishing memoir. A female view of male circumcision, complete with ambivalence. Reconsidering Jewish sororities as surprising feminist precursors for social justice work! Saying Yizkor for a marriage. A short story moves a Russian mail-order bride from her shtetl to the Dakota prairie.
poetry by Rae Rose
by Gail Hosking
He cheats. She mourns. The unexpected solace from a Jewish way of handling loss.
by Susan Schnur
Why do Jewish women write memoir? A guided tour through the life stories revealed in Lilith’s pages — by women like, and very unlike, yourself.
by Shira Kohn
Flying in the face of the stereotypes, Kohn claims they could be precursors for social justice work.
by Allison Flash
A rabbi/mom morphed five Jewish principles into rituals for pulling herself and her daughter through a hellish year.
fiction by Anna Solomon
by Elana Maryles Sztokman
This traditional Jewish rite of passage is how we welcome newborn boys. Now, it’s also inciting both anti-Semitism and a big dose of feminist ambivalence.
interview by Susan Schnur
Susan Schnur interviews Barbara Aiello
Linda K. Kerber on “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s”
Elizabeth C. Denlinger on “Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires”
Leah Koenig on “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic”
Wendy Wisner on “Home/Birth: A Poemic”
Sara N. S. Meirowitz on “My Before and After Life”
Hadar Makov-Hasson on “And This Is the Light [Vehu ha’or]”
Yona Zeldis McDonough on “Russian Winter”
Marina Blitshteyn on “Traveling Light”
Your indispensable guide to being Jewish & femalecompiled by Naomi Danis