Lilith FeatureFeminist Mourning
Reclaiming a ritual
GROUPS AND PROJECTS A new Jewish feminist consciousness-raising and study group, comprised of women spanning the Jewish religious/ political spectrum, has been organized in Houston. The group meets on a regular basis to exchange ideas on issues of concern to Jewish women and share in the creation of new rituals. (One member wrote a ceremony... Read more »
Number Our Daysby Barbara Myerhoff. E.P. Dutton (1978), $12.95; paper, Touchstone (1980), $4.95. by Carol S. Holzberg Number Our Days is a scholarly and sensitive investigation of about 300 aged Jews in Venice, California. It is an “ethnography,” a descriptive and interpretive account of the significant cultural events, preoccupations, rituals, celebrations, and daily activities of... Read more »
Pride of Our Peopleby David C. Gross. Doubleday (1979), $14.95. Pride of Our People is a shandeh for the goyim. A 424-page volume obviously intended for the Bar Mitzvah market, it is poorly written and boring, even worst than your average text. If parents buy this to turn the Bar Mitzvah boychik on to Yiddishkeit,... Read more »
History: A Novelby Elsa Morante. Avon paperback (1979), $2.95. by Estellc Gilson This is a novel that can transform the way you see the inarticulate, defenseless creatures of the world. Elsa Morante, a 62-year-old recluse living in a small apartment in Rome with only cats for company, wrote La Storia to give voice to the... Read more »
With Child: A Diary of Motherhoodby Phyllis Chester. Thomas Y. Crowell (1979), $9.95. by Barbara Joans Phyllis Chesler’s With Child has put motherhood on the map. And what a map it is. She spares us nothing. Fear, pain, joy, terror and magic kaleidoscope before our bedazzled eyes. The diary opens with her awareness of pregnancy... Read more »
I met Ruth quite by accident, at a restaurant in Tel Aviv. I was with the Director of the Israel Government Tourist Office, for I was doing travel articles on Israel. Suddenly he said, “You see that woman sitting alone at the table by the window? Her name is Ruth Kluger. Just after World War... Read more »
A young girl’s struggle to be her father’s "Kaddish" finds an important ally in her grandfather.
How the funeral prayer diminishes women.
Saying Kaddish is a consciousness-raiser when two sisters try to honor their mother’s memory.
Retold in comic-strip form by Trina Robbins
Up from the footnotes.
A cross-section of Jewish feminist activists dream a different future, and chart the course toward it.
LILITH: Let’s pick up on the article about Christian feminist anti-Semitism. Where, precisely, is it occurring? Among which elements in the church? PLASKOW: First let me describe the two levels we’re dealing with. The level that I know is the level of women scholars in academia doing feminist research. There’s also a very strong level... Read more »
Some recent feminist spiritual writing reveals old biases in new books.
There is a new myth developing in Christian feminist circles. It is a myth which tells us that the ancient Hebrews invented patriarchy: that before them the goddess reigned in matriarchal glory, and that after them Jesus tried to restore egalitarianism but was foiled by the persistence of Jewish attitudes within the Christian tradition. It... Read more »
The subject we’ve been avoiding: it doesn’t only happen in France.
The Rabbinical Assembly, the international organization of Conservative rabbis, adopted a resolution on May 13, 1980 endorsing women’s ordination and calling upon members of the Jewish Theological Seminary faculty Senate to take firm action on the issue. The landmark resolution passed by a vote of 156-115 after six hours of heated debate. Several important developments... Read more »
Dear LILITH: I thoroughly enjoyed Cynthia Ozick’s “Notes Toward Finding the Right Question ” [issue #6]. Having fought these battles for so long, I had thought that I was past the point of being driven into a raging fury, but what Ozick wrote moved me enormously. I felt like screaming and shouting in sheer anger... Read more »
“Why is LILITH so late? Why doesn’t she come out regularly?” You may be one of the many subscribers who ask us this—on the phone, in letters, at our lectures. The answer is: no, it does not take “that long” to acquire and edit articles and do the design and production. It does take us... Read more »