In this issue: Being poor – welfare mom, food stamps, and why she’s a marginal Jew. A new marriage ritual for domestic equality; plus Alix Kates Shulman’s Marriage Agreement. When my daughter became my son: seeing a child through transgender surgery. Bravely starting a women’s fund in Israel. Lilith’s fiction contest winners. Give your kidney to a stranger.
by Susan Schnur
In which a very modern wedding is blessed by antiquity. Plus, a totally new (egalitarian) wedding vow, for use with your house ring. And more!
by Andrea Kott
Class, caste, and cleaning the toilets at Brandeis. Feeling always illegitimate as a Jew, and now a parent herself, Kott approaches Judaism tentatively, suspiciously, and yearningly.
by Judy Sennesh
Her daughter becomes her son, but Sennesh remains constant; “too calm,” her kid says. And parents of LGBTQ children get an instruction manual in “Casual Coming-Out Comments” by Catherine Tuerk — wise advice on how to let the world know your child is gay or lesbian.
poetry by Kristin Camitta Zimet
by Elana Sztokman
An activist starts a women’s fund in Modi’in and discovers that kindness and cooking are the coin of the realm for women. How’s that gonna drive systemic change in women’s lives?
fiction by Elena Sigman
2012 Lilith fiction contest: 1st place winner
fiction by Susan Dickman
2012 Lilith fiction contest: 2nd place winner
fiction by Ruth Horowitz
2012 Lilith fiction contest: 3rd place winner
by Devora Steinmetz
Ilana Kurshan on "Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis"
Frances Brent on "Paper Bride"
Rachel Gordan on "Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots" and "I Am Forbidden"
Jordana Horn on "Shadows in Winter"
Joyce Zonana on "Saving Ruth"
Idra Novey introduces us to Clarice Lispector
Tova Mirvis on "The Innocents"
Your guide to the universe of Jewish & female.compiled by Naomi Danis