In this issue: The feminists who are changing the face of the Israeli Knesset. Five brave Jewish mothers tell how they’ve survived raising sons who are full of rage. A rabbi befriends a woman who’s finding her Judaism in jail. A graphic novelist draws on the streets of New York. And a very modern take on kibbutz sex.
by Ilana Kramer
Five brave Jewish mothers, juggling feelings of love and fear, tell how they’ve survived raising sons who are full of rage. Beyond shunning and judging, what can the community really do to help the families and the boys? And what emotions are we allowed to express as Jews? Rabbi Simkha Weintraub has some suggestions.
by Ilana Blumberg
From just one clue, a fan of the nineteenth-century feminist novelist finds herself inexplicably linked to two Jewish feminist leaders, Alice Shalvi and Avivah Zornberg.
by Sheila Solomon Shotwell
Who knew that pre-adolescent girls could be so fascinated by all the paraphernalia of periods yet to come? Shotwell revisits her childhood fascination with all things Tampax.
by Jessica Berger Gross
A very modern take on kibbutz sex. In this memoir, a 21-year-old American volunteer steps out of character — only to discover that an adventurous quartet might suit her after all.
by Rabbi Laurie Rice
Rabbi Laurie Rice befriends a Jewish woman who is behind bars. They talk about being invisible to other Jews, Judaism in jail, and the hidden stories we on the outside never hear.
by Lori Wald Compton
As a young widow, Compton purchased a double cemetery plot, one for her recently deceased spouse, one for her future self. Then she fell in love again. Here, her grave anxieties.
fiction by Erica W. Jamieson
poetry by Shana Ritter
by Liana Finck
This graphic novelist draws on the streets of New York.
by Deborah Lipstadt
Ruth Calderon in her Knesset debut did not explicitly discuss the platform of her party. Instead, she did something unprecedented. She, a secular educator, and a woman, explicated a passage of Talmud. And Merav Michaeli, proudly pronouncing herself “a feminist,” puts inclusivity on the Knesset‘s docket.
by Diane Balser
A 60-something woman goes back to Jewish texts and reaffirms her decisions.
Elana Maryles Sztokman on "Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State"
Gail Labovitz on "Fertility and Jewish Law: Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature"
Sari Botton on "Airbrushed Nation: The Lure & Loathing of Women’s Magazines"
Sara N. S. Meirowitz on "The Wanting"
Ellen Feldman on "Being Esther" and "The Secret of the Nightingale Palace"
Rachel Gordan on "The Tin Horse"
Yona Zeldis McDonough on "The Mothers"
Current feminist Jewish events around the world.compiled by Naomi Danis