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The New Jew Food?

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately. In comparison to the stereotypical “I use my oven as an extra shoe closet” New Yorker, I’ve probably always cooked a lot for this city. But since I started freelance writing two days a week last summer, and especially since the New Year when I renewed my… Read more »

Happy Anniversary

There’s lots to comment upon this week—especially as the primaries start stacking up (McCain in South Carolina say what?!)—but in honor of the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, January 22nd has been designated by NARAL Pro-Choice “blog for choice” day (there are other ways to commemorate as well). We’re all supposed to address the… Read more »

The Winter Issue is Up!

Lilith’s Winter 2007-2008 issue is out, and we want to hear your thoughts! Please make sure you say what article you’re responding to, and leave your comments below. (If you’re having trouble leaving a comment, you can send it to us at and we’ll post it for you.)

Running Commentary

I was jogging in Jerusalem on Rehov Yaffo on Saturday night when I was harassed by a hasid. Well, I’m not sure if it was really harassment proper (by which I mean harassment improper), but it was an unwelcome comment. The man, who was wearing a long robe and a streimel, called out to me,… Read more »

Jewish Metadata: Suggestions for the Womb

Is there any other ethnic or religious group that devotes as much time, effort, and money to thinking about itself as the Jewish community does? As a people, we are so “meta.” Case in point: The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) releases an annual report on the state of the Jewish community, with suggestions… Read more »

Women, News, Media and Politics: I’m Exhausted

Wow—has it ever been a week for women, politics and the media. It started with the unthinkable—Hillary Clinton showed emotion. (I’m not going to remark upon the blood-pressure-raising aspects of this being front-page news across the nation, because we’ve got a lot to get through, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t steaming up as it… Read more »

Meeting of Minds

Last night I had the good fortune of attending a completely packed lecture at the 92nd Street Y called, “Hedonistic, Healthy, and Green: Can We Have it All?” Featuring Michael Pollan (of The Omnivores Dilemma fame), Dan Barber (Head Chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns), and moderated by Joan Dye Gussow (This Organic Life:… Read more »

Election Madness

I had the amazing opportunity this weekend to spend my time with a group of friends. We declared ourselves officially off the clock. And what did we do? We talked about elections. Three elections in particular, in fact: Pakistan, Kenya and Iowa. And it’s not like election fever is going to pass anytime soon. Kenya’s… Read more »

Orthodox Jewish Women Wear Burkas — and Their Men Don't Like It!

It seems made-up, but it’s not. A group of haredi women in Israel have taken a cue from their Muslim neighbors and taken modesty to new heights (for Jews), donning burkas on the streets of Ramat Beit Shemesh and other ultra-Orthodox enclaves. Under the tutelage of one devout — and apparently ascetically inclined — mother-of-ten,… Read more »

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