Fall 2005

"Our Body Ourselves" at 35, and its unsettling changes. Fiction by Dara Horn. Passionate Paintings from Joan Snyder. A new Hanukah heroine: Judith.

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Lilith Feature

Readers Respond

Lilith Feature

How Do We Become Grown-Up Jewish Women?

Lilith's 10th annual look at Jewish books for young readers

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The Envelope

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A sister and brother in a Buenos Aires family, in the wake of their parents' divorce.

Motherhood Galore!

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1.  Overcoming Infertility: A Guide for Jewish Couples by Richard V. Grazi (Toby Press, $29.95) looks at advances in both medical techniques and Jewish law. It’s a reference book aiming to provide hope and... Read more »

The JGirl’s Guide

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I was born in 1946, in Amsterdam, and moved to the United States before I was a year old. In the next two years, I moved to Israel, and then... Read more »

Room in the Heart

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I was eight years old, surrounded by friends on the dusty playground in what I now know was a lower class neighborhood of Los Angeles. My friends—one Japanese, another Negro, one... Read more »

The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt

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When I was 15 I spent my junior year or high school in a small, cold city in the north of Israel. Desperate to flee the cows and orange groves, I... Read more »

Yentl’s Revenge

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If there was one specific experience through which I came of age as a Jewish woman, it was my mother’s death my junior year of college. It happened much later... Read more »

When I Was a Soldier

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I remember always having been a little Jewish girl, covering her eyes before the Shabbat candles on Friday night, and knowing her Ma Nishtana by heart at the age of three. I... Read more »

Closing the Sea

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Since my childhood I have been proud of the deep-rooted Israeliness of my family-eight generations in the land, the family patriarch having arrived from Lithuania to Jerusalem in 1811. Growing... Read more »

House on the River: A Summer Journey

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To be grown up implies a state of arrival, but i am a work in progress, humbled daily by what i cannot accept, or even grasp. Here, my children have... Read more »

Confessions of a Closet Catholic

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It figures that the moment I felt fully realized as a Jewish woman involved food. What was it that marked my transformation from confused Jewish girl to equally confused (but... Read more »

The J.A.P. Chronicles

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I’m eight years old and I’m sitting on hillside overlooking a picture perfect lake that shimmers in the pinkish light  of a maine dusk. I am nestled amongst 399 other girls,... Read more »

The Last Days of Dogtown

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When I was a moody, misunderstood high school freshman in Denver, one of the juniors I knew from my public school chorus talked me into going to a MoVFTY event... Read more »

Lost in America

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If I had to pick one person who helped me define what a Jewish woman was, or should be, it was my grandmother. As a child, I was ashamed of... Read more »

My Sister’s Wedding

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I had just finished my first year of teaching and was seated next to my principal in her office, part of my first-year evaluation. She leaned over the paper work—so... Read more »

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah*

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She was the kind of girl with no patience. She ate the gingerbread house while it was under construction. She wondered if there were guns in heaven. And, if so,... Read more »

Shema

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Hear oh Israel a tale of Oneness One of us right One of us wrong Here in this land bought and sold traded won stolen here my mothers are buried... Read more »

Disputed Ruins (Ours)

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Last year, one hilltop community in Galilee was embroiled over a proposal to build new Jewish houses near an old Arab cemetery left abandoned in 1948. As some Jews fought to preserve... Read more »

“…And We Eat Like on Yom Kippur”

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In the Lodz ghetto under the Nazis, starvation was public policy. Historian Sinnreich finds out what women did--from refurbishing potato peels to harvesting garbage--in the heroic struggle against the savage gnaw of hunger.

Judith the Obscure

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(Preparing Ourselves to Meet Another Matriarch)

Joan Snyder

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Catch up with the artist who has led the vanguard since feminist art got its label 30 years ago.

That Night in the Museum

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You'd think that you could read the thoughts of a twentysomething guy who shows up at a Jewish Museum's singles night. But you'd be very surprised at the truth.

“The damage done has never left me.”

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While visiting my 97-year-old mother at the Jewish nursing home, I picked up a copy of your magazine. On seeing the article about relationship abuse [“Misery Beyond the Mezzuzah” by... Read more »

That JAP…

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I was appalled at Alana Newhousc’s article, “The JAP: Reclaim Her or Reject Her?” and disappointed with Miriam Stone’s “The Shame of the JAP” [Summer 2005]. There is reason why... Read more »

Making Women Rabbis

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Amy Stone’s article “20 Years of Conservative Women Rabbis” [Summer 2005] offered a vivid critique of the new video produced by the Jewish Theological Seminary. But one crucial point wasn’t... Read more »

Escaping Hasidism

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Your article [“Malkie: An Immigrant to a New World Adjusts Her Compass,” Winter 2004-05] about young women who left the Orthodox community spoke to me , but I noticed that... Read more »

Our Bodies Ourselves

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Erlich, born in the same year as Our Bodies Ourselves, credits this landmark book with introducing her to sex, strong bodies and medical school. But the world-shaking classic women's health bible at 35 appears in a new edition with some unsettling changes.

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