Fall 2004

Unbelievable! Teen girls who like their bodies? After having her own baby, an egg donor revisits her choice. Eighteen authors confess to being outcasts.

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Lilith Feature

Writing from the Outside

Lilith's annual Jewish feminist look at books for young readers

Lilith Feature

Fresh Views of Israel

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Why We’re not Getting Married

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These Jewish lesbian academic activists resist wedded coupledom, for very good reasons.

Why Laws Hardly Improve Women’s Status in Israel

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Ruth Halperin-Kaddari’s densely informative text Women in Israel: A State of their Own (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004) is based on the author’s “Report on the State of Israel Concerning... Read more »

A Cinderella-Like Boy in a New Israeli Film

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Bonjour. Monsieur!” is how the sweet-eyed, frizzy haired protagonist of this new Israeli film greets his Hebrew-speaking grandfather, entering the home that, as its inhabitants arrive, seems more like a circus... Read more »

“Following a Story, Like in a Dream”

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Savyon Liebrecht, the acclaimed Israeli fiction writer, recently visited Boston, where she was the quiet star of a reception given by the Israeli Consulate and, the next day, a speaker at... Read more »

If My Grandmother Could Have Written a Postcard to the Sister Left Behind

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It would be written on sand, or on a hand colored photo graph of a country with nobody waiting with guns, no thatched roofs on fire, no hiding in trees... Read more »

An Adult Can Be Your Best Friend

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Many memories were woven together to tell The Dog of Knots, a story of a dog, a little girl, and her friends during the Yom Kippur War The year I... Read more »

In Favor of Outsiderhood

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An outsider’s observation: Was Egypt really so bad for us strangers? After all, it was in Egypt where a psychic Jewish slave, betrayed and abandoned by his own Jewish brothers,... Read more »

An Israeli Foster Mother

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All my life I have felt like an outsider, and it is clearly one of the motivations that pushes me to write. A year after I got married I took... Read more »

My Country is Judaism

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Outsider experiences? The question hits home so hard that I don’t know where to start. I am an American Jew, writing in French and living in Nice. I guess my... Read more »

Chicken?

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I’m leaving my world of motherhood and children. My busy, safe, laughter-filled, tear-stained, milk-spilling world, to have dinner at Rutgers University and meet my favorite author. Dr. Chaim Potok. My... Read more »

What Would Be Sufficient?

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I wanted so many things but more than anything I wantedto write.If only I could write.Dayenu.My parents taught me words in Russian, French,German, English.I added words of my own. In... Read more »

At Last! I Didn’t Belong!

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When I moved to Atlanta in my mid-20s, I got a sweet surprise. Up north, I had always had plenty in common with the women around me, Jewish and otherwise.... Read more »

Uptown Jews, Downtown Jews

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I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx. Although I was hardly a “stranger in the land of Egypt,” I often felt like an outsider. At P.S. 114... Read more »

Different from Other Boys

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As a boy in the 1950s, my life had more than a passing resemblance to the Norman Rockwell covers of the Saturday Evening Post. White, middle-class, Christian, a member of... Read more »

Growing Up Weird

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So I wasn’t like the other kids. I always thought it was because we were Jewish. That was the usual excuse: we don’t eat lobster because… we’re Jewish. We don’t... Read more »

Writing to Become Whole

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My mother died when I was in high school. I felt like an outsider because none of my friends had experienced death up close. We were carefree teenagers; death was... Read more »

Inventing Rashi’s Granddaughter

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I was born into a family who, during the Second World War, had indeed become “strangers” in the land of France. After the war, my family returned to France, as... Read more »

The Shame of Being Smart

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I was lucky. I grew up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood and attended a small all-girls Hebrew day school, where the teachers valued their students. I never saw myself as... Read more »

Politics Make Her a Stranger

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As a kid, I often felt different. I had good friends, a loving family, and a Jewish community in Allentown, Pennsylvania. But back in 1968, having parents with gray hair... Read more »

The Hobo Book Exchange

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One cold afternoon when I was eleven, my mother met me in our lobby—I remember the cozy heat—and showed me a newspaper. My father’s book was number one on the... Read more »

A Jew Amid the Alien Corn

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Nothing in my early life could have prepared me for what it is like to be a Jew living in the Midwest, in an endless expanse of Christianity. Remember the... Read more »

An Indigestible Childhood

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If our theme is Writing from the Outside, I’m your poster child. My first book novelized my escape from Hitler’s Vienna and a childhood in England, living in, as the... Read more »

Teenage Girls Who Like Their Bodies? Get Out!!

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What this Jewish summer camp offers--common showers--brings unintended lessons, including the body-equalizing revelations most women experience only in a Loehmann's dressing room. And Joan Jacobs Brumberg talks to Ilana Kramer about female appearance and anxiety.

Flora

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A short story about the inquisition and its aftermath

A Good Egg: A Donor’s Story

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She just gave birth to her own child. Now a Jewish woman who years ago donated her eggs to an infertile couple looks back on her extraordinary choice.

Readers Respond

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MORE ABOUT MOMMIES On the problems of mothers [“Mommy Wars,” Summer 2004]. I am in exactly this position—a professional woman (with a Ph.D.), unemployed because I followed my husband to... Read more »

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