Introducing a new column – a platform for opinion by Jewish women on issues of the day.
Introducing a new column – a platform for opinion by Jewish women on issues of the day.
PUBLICATIONS The National Jewish Family Center of the American Jewish Committee addresses family-related concerns within the American Jewish community. The Center publishes a newsletter (available for $2.50/year), as well as other resource materials. In addition, the Center co-sponsored, along with Queens College of the City University of New York, a Conference on “The Evolving Jewish... Read more »
FROM THE PYRAMIDS TO MOUNT CARMEL by Ada Aharoni. Eked Publisher, Tel-Aviv, 1979, price not listed. Peace between Jews and Arabs is a main theme in the poems of Ada Aharoni, an Egyptian-born Israeli poet who is involved in The Bridge, a group of Jewish and Arab women promoting peace and mutual understanding. Aharoni has... Read more »
ARRIVED SAFELY by Helen Duberstein. Four Corners Press, $2.50. Duberstein, a New York poet and playwright, sensitizes readers to the texture of words, to the way they sound and how they are put together on the page. Some poems are handwritten, others are laid out in a style that creates new mixtues of words and sounds.... Read more »
SELECTED POEMS by Leah Goldberg. The Menard Press and Panjandrum Press, $3.50. Nature serves as a trigger to memory in Leah Goldberg’s Selected Poems, translated from the Hebrew by Robert Friend. Goldberg (1911-1970) writes from the perspective of an older woman, juxtaposing the loveliness and power of nature with her own aging and her perceptions... Read more »
ADDITIONAL POETRY IN BRIEF THE NEW WOMANS BROKEN HEART by Andrea Dworkin. Frog in the Well Press, Palo Alto, California, $3.00. In her book of short stories The New Womans Broken Heart, Dworkin speaks in angry images about sex and power. She writes brutally and beautifully about wife-beating, abortion, lesbianism, the desirability of celibacy, the difficulties... Read more »
COMING TOGETHER (1977) and LOVE SCENE (1980) by Elaine Marcus Starkman. Sheer Press. Starkman is a California poet who, at 36, went back to school to get an MA in English. Her poems reflect her personal struggle, like that of many women her age, to balance work with the pressures and pleasures of raising a... Read more »
PREPARING FOR SABBATH by Nessa Rapoport. William Morrow, $10.95 (Bantam paperback, May 1982). “We are building a palace of the heart, all of us standing here now at the point between where we have come from and what will unfold from us.” This is the last line and the essence of Preparing for Sabbath, Rapoport’s... Read more »
THE THIRD JEWISH CATALOGUE: CREATING COMMUNITY compiled and edited by Sharon Strassfeld and Michael Strassfeld. Jewish Publication Society, paperback, $9.95. More issue-oriented than the first two volumes of this do-it-yourself kit for how to be a Jew in North America, the third and final volume covers tzedakah (giving and getting), treatment of the elderly (including... Read more »
THE WOMAN WHO LOST HER NAMES: SELECTED WRITINGS BY AMERICAN JEWISH WOMEN compiled and edited by Julia Wolf Mazow. Harper & Row, $10.00. The title story of this collection is Nessa Rapoport’s, and readers of LILITH will remember it from issue #6. The other pieces range from fiction to personal reflections on raising children, on... Read more »
OUT OF THE DESERT, poems by Diane Levenberg. Doubleday, $7.95. These poems talk so directly about one woman’s experience of love and pleasure and pain that it’s possible to read them through again and again and still be stirred with each turn of feeling. In “Friday Night,” evoking “Russian music . . . challah crumbs,”... Read more »
IN LIGHT OF GENESIS, poems by Pamela White Hadas. Jewish Poetry Series/Jewish Publication Society, paperback, $6.95. One of 44 the four innaugural volumes of the Jewish Poetry Series, this book by award-winning poet Hadas contains the remarkable “autobiography” of Lilith, “The Passion of Lilith/’ which originally appeared in LILITH #2. The other three poems in... Read more »
HONEY IN THE LION, poems by Doris B. Gold. Biblio Press, paperback, $3.00. Written over several decades, these poems express Gold’s involvement with—and observations on—a vast array of personal and political issues, from a 1949 “Blues Song” for Pete Seeger to a pungent commentary on cousins’ clubs (ending “Let the mystery of family begin”). Racial integration, JFK, moon... Read more »
THE LOST TRADITION: MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS IN LITERATURE edited by Cathy Davidson and E.M. Broner, Ungar, paperback, $8.95. Part of the healing process that the women’s movement has begun is this book, examining the connections between mothers and daughters in myth, fiction and autobiography from Ancient Near Eastern literature to current writings. Two of the essays that explore Jewish... Read more »
A short story about a child of Holocaust survivors
Jewish women who attended last year’s United Nations Mid-Decade Conference on Women finally begin to deal with their traumatizing anti-Semitic experience—-and its significance for feminism.
Shuli Eshel’s documentary "TO BE A WOMAN SOLDIER" shows what Israeli women really do in the army: serve coffee, not their country. An interview by Susan Weidman Schneider.
From the unpublished autobiography of the early 20th century radical.
Jewish immigrant women and their parents viewed their jobs as a rite-of-passage into adulthood, and so did their parents.
You who brood on raping Sabine women, who dream of ramming rods blood-full and juicy into warm soft unawakened maidens, graceful, slim, stain-barked young birch trees or large-eyed nervous-nostriled velvet fawns, who terrified will yield (discovering pleasure, you fancy, in your stick’s rough penetration), know: hate, not love, is the daughter fearing fathers. Panting weights... Read more »
What if there were no more Rachels Striding, graceful and confident, to the well? Each woman would cast her eyes down When a man looked at her And she would think: My breasts are too small My mouth is too wide, My hair is the wrong color. What if there were no more Rachels ..?... Read more »
I cannot enter the sanctuary Or share the communal supper. Everything on which I sit is unclean, And my touch makes any man impure Until the evening. I cannot enter the bed with my lover. But the elm breeze caresses me, Lingering around my breasts and hips; Tawny kittens lick the salt from my flesh,... Read more »
Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.
Sophie H. Rich (February 1981), age 95. Rich was a former vice president of the National Council of Senior Citizens and, in this capacity, testified before Congressional and presidential committees on behalf of reduced transit fares and other benefits for the elderly in the late 1960’s. She was active in the Greater Washington Area Senior... Read more »
Ordained as RabbisThe following women were ordained as rabbis this past spring: From the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform movement): Susan Abramson, serving as Assistant, Beth Elohim, Wynnewood, Pa. Melanie Aron, Assistant, Temple B’nai Or, Morristown, N.J. Helene Ferris, Assistant, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, N.Y.C. Elyse Frishman, Reform Temple of Suffern, N.Y. Patrice... Read more »
HARTFORD, CONN.—Participants in this year’s National Havurah Conference and week-long Summer Institute, held at the University of Hartford July 2-5 and 6-12 respectively, acknowledged that, despite the considerable progress that has been made toward achieving equality between men and women in the Havurah movement,* much remains to be accomplished in this area. The general consensus... Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC – In a move that stirred controversy in the organized American Jewish community, the Anti-Defamation League B’nai B’rith presented its 1980 First Amendment Award to Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy magazine and mogul of the Playboy empire. ADL’s rationale in honoring Hefner, whose magazine exploits women as sex objects, featuring them in suggestive... Read more »
NEW YORK, NY—Strategies for opposing the human life amendments and anti-abortion legislation currently pending before the U.S. Congress were mapped out at a day-long teach-in sponsored by the National Women’s Division of the American Jewish Congress on March 23, 1981. The teach-in chaired by Marion Wilen, co-president of the AJC Women’s Division, featured presentations by... Read more »
We are Jewish feminists who are angered by the spread of anti-Semitism in the world at large and within the women’s movement. We are particularly concerned when anti-Semitism is expressed by some of those who struggle against sexism and racism. Anti-Semitism resulted in the murder of one-third of all Jews only one generation ago. It... Read more »
STORRS, CONN– A group of prominent Jewish women scholars and authors spoke out against rising anti-Semitism within Christian feminist academic circles during the National Women’s Studies Association Convention held here May 30-June 1, 1981. The women were members of a panel on “Anti-Semitism” organized by Batya Bauman, Coordinator, Feminists Against Anti-Semitism, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, an... Read more »
NEW YORK, NY—A 1981 follow-up survey on the “status of women in Jewish communal service” conducted by the Conference of Jewish Communal Service (CJCS) reveals that, since the original survey’s findings were publicized in 1977, “the vast majority of women (remain) in the lower professional levels of employment in Jewish communal service and appear to... Read more »
BROOKLYN, NY -The “Jewish Moral Committee”, formed in December 1980, is a group of orthodox rabbis and laypeople describing itself as “similar in certain aspects to the Moral Majority.” Chaired by Rabbi Marvin Friedman, the Committee “is in favor of capital punishment, a strong U.S. Defense, Federal aid to parochial schools and released religious time... Read more »
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—The relationship between feminism and Judaism, the role of women in the Israeli army, the recent growth of pornography in Israel and the conflict between the need to develop one’s personal identity and the belief that “motherhood is a national duty”—were among many controversial issues explored by the more than 500 women attending the... Read more »
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Two new programs launched by Agudath Israel of America and the Bramson ORT Technical Institute reflect increasing attention within the organized American Jewish community to the special needs of “displaced homemakers” and other women returning to school or the job market after a number of years. Since its establishment a little more than two... Read more »
Dear LILITH: As Jewish women with a deep commitment to Jewish-Christian dialogue, we read with interest your articles in Issue #7 by Judith Plaskow and Annette Daum. As Jews, we should be particularly aware of the insiduous nature of defamation of groups and individuals. Yet, the two articles and the interview that followed tended to... Read more »
EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF SEX. The deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment is June 30, 1982. The following states have not yet ratified the Amendment: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North... Read more »