Fall 1976

In this issue: Life lessons from the mythological Betty Friedan on the not-so subtle connections between the feminine mystique and Judaism. Why Jewish men fear the women’s movement. Holy cow—a meditation on those sacred cows: Jewish women’s organizations.

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Beyond the Valley of The Shmattes

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We must evaluate where our women’s organizations are heading, competing with each other for membership while they’re relegated to housekeeping for the Jewish community.

A Woman’s Wrath

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A truer picture than "Fiddler on the Roof" of what shtetl life was like for women - a new translation from the work of the great Yiddish storyteller.

The Wedding

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Never attend a wedding withoutan escort no matterwho he is or what he’sreally like justmake certain he iswearing a jacket and slacksand a clean shirt and anappropriate tie. Dress himyourself if you have to remembering first to throw himin the shower and to dash himwith English Leather so that hesmells good enough totake anywhere. Be... Read more »

American Jewish Men: Fear of Feminism

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Why Jewish men fear the women's movement-and why they must face the issues it raises.

The High Price of “Failure”

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If a Jewish woman is not allowed to be more successful than her husband, what does she do if he’s not successful at all?

Ms. Lot

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Well, if he treats me like a young girl still,That father of mine, and here’s my sisterAnd we’re still travelling into the hills —But everyone on the road knows he offered usTo the Strangers when all they wanted was men,And the cloud of smoke still over the twin citiesAnd mother a salt lick the animals... Read more »

Women’s Liberation & Jewish Law

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"My belief in the perfect God does not allow me to think that the Lord would favor one sex over the other in any area of life."

Marjorie Morningstar Revisited

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A deft demolition of the mythic warning in this 1950’s blockbuster novel: that without the virginity of the Jewish woman, the House of Israel will crumble.

The Lilith Question

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"The demonic Lilith overshadowed the original independent Lilith in all subsequent legends to the point where the name Lilith engendered only the association of demon/witch. It is this demonic image which has both reflected and shaped men's thoughts and feelings about women for generations. But the time for reassessment of the Lilith myth has arrived."

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