In this issue: New ways to manage the expectations–and expenses–confronting Jewish mothers in the “lean in” era. After three generations tried to keep it a secret, a family’s Jewishness creeps out. Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin celebrates her Confederate great-grandfather. The kinesthetics of feminist prayer. And, in this special fiction issue, the haiku as revenge, an angel on the balcony, and how to hate your hair.
by Gabrielle Birkner
In this report on nannies, nursery schools and national legislation, Birkner forecasts that the traditional Jewish preschool—retrofitted as a childcare center—may solve some of your problems. Then Elizabeth Mandel weighs in on the Jewish costs of Jewish education.
by Susan Schnur
It was a wonderful surprise when Lilith received a manuscript from the venerable poet laureate Maxine Kumin. “I’d been aware of Kumin’s feminist, and broadly maternal, sensibility, but not her Jewish one,” writes Schnur, “so I called PoBiz Farm to talk.”
by Penny Wolfson
The author inherited her father’s meat grinder, a reminder, literally, of flesh and blood. Now it sits on its side, an unused object of beauty, in her own kitchen, where she realizes that Jews think about meat more than most people.
by Zazi Pope
From Vienna to Appalachia, why did her forebears keep secrets and make such strange choices? The remarkably suppressed identity of her concert-star grandmother, and how Zazi Pope found it out.
by Stacey Zisook Robinson
A new way a woman can move when she’s moved—the kinesthetics of feminist prayer.
Sonia Isard on "Woke Up Lonely" And "By Blood"
Susan Weidman Schneider on "A Guide for the Perplexed"
A Special Collection of Women’s Holocaust Writing
"My Songs of Now and Then" by Rachel Josefowitz Siegel
Yona Zeldis McDonough's summer reading suggestions
Danica Dadvidson on "The Property" and "Letting It Go"
From "Sacred Housekeeping: A Spiritual Memoir" by Harriet Rossetto
Current feminist and Jewish events.compiled by Naomi Danis