Fall 2000

Laugh out loud at “A Husband of Valor.” Israeli law protects women from sex trafficking. The power of Lillian Hellman’s “Julia.” How to diversify a synagogue. The natural history of divorce.

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Lilith Feature

“Let My Husband Die”

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Life & Death, Orphanages & Escapes, Rescues & Friendship

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What It Means


Advance directive: Describes two kinds of legal documents, living wills and medical powers of attorney. These are papers which allow a person to give instructions about future medical care in... Read more »

Where to Turn


Aging with DignityAttn: Paul MalleyP.O. Box 1661Tallahassee, FL 32302(888) 5-WISHESwww.agingwithdignity.orgOffers “Five Wishes” advance directive form, which can be downloaded. Honored in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Americans for... Read more »

What to Do


How can you make your own wishes known when you might not be able to communicate them in a time of medical crisis? Should you write them down now, while... Read more »

Ties That Bind


A psychiatrist joins the chevra kadisha and finds herself preparing a friend's body for the grave.

Julia Revisited


Coming out as a Jew and a lesbian watching Lillian Hellman's classic story on the big screen



A shift occursafter all these years.The copper sand onthe flat page of the beachdoes not succumb to tidalpull. The gray-eyed wolfnoses in the snow forblood. Old rituals do notmake sense.... Read more »

Still Life with Poodles


It’s midnight, and we think the party is over. My father loosens his tie, unbuttons his collar and leans back into the den couch. “That was lovely,” he says to me.... Read more »

My First Aliyah


Wherein a grown woman caught without a hankie in the web of her own memories, cries her eyes out. 

A Natural History of Divorce


IMAGINE A PROPELLER. Imagine it implanted in your chest, held in place by a nail shot through your sternum. Memories make it turn—memories of family gatherings, washing dishes at the... Read more »

A Husband of Valor


A husband of valor who canfind him? Because his price is greaterthan sapphires. He Causeth his wife to safelytrust in him, He Doeth her good andnot evil. Every unclean thing... Read more »

Ladies’ Day at the Israeli Consulate


In a post-feminist tableau at the Israeli Consulate, the press and invited guests were treated to unwitting self-parody by the males and some less-than-sisterly stabs from the General’s daughter at... Read more »

Equality Soldiers on in Israel


The Knesset passes three revolutionary laws protecting women from sex trafficking, discrimination and harassment...And in New York, women are "honored" at the Israeli consulate.

The Promise


With the second drink, at the restaurant,holding hands on the bare tablewe are at it again, renewing our promiseto kill each other. You are drinking gin,night-blue juniper berrydissolving in your... Read more »

A Prayer of Trust


Sometimes we must make the difficult decision of removing our loved one from life support, either in keeping with end-of-life wishes, or because his or her brain has ceased to... Read more »

It Helps to Be a Feminist


If you’re a rabbi trying to open up your synagogue to Jews with diverse needs, feminist forbears in the pulpit (or on the ground) show how to succeed at changemaking.

When Jewish Women Care for Others


New legal, social and very personal issues come into play. Here’s some guidance.

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