Ugly and necessary truths from a courageous new documentary film.
Ugly and necessary truths from a courageous new documentary film.
“Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)” Maira Kalman is best known for her post 9/11 New Yorker cover portraying the neighborhoods of New York City as “stans.” This show contains sketches, illustrations, photographs, paintings and more — from 30 years of Kalman’s work. Dozens of inspirational objects from the home and studio of this Israeli-born... Read more »
What does it mean to have a voice, to hear a voice, to give voice in public to private thoughts? Those questions carry particular significance for Jennifer Rosner, the hearing mother of two daughters who were born deaf. In her unusual and affecting parenting memoir, If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and... Read more »
Where shall I daven today? I’ve been asking myself this question each Shabbat for the better part of two decades. While I was raised in the liberal-hippie-fully egalitarian world of the havurah movement, I am also an alumna of a modern Orthodox day school in which women held few ritual roles and sat separated from... Read more »
There are some homes that I visit that feel instantly comfortable to me. Maybe it’s the smells wafting through the rooms or the eclectic array of books on the shelves — A Tale of Two Cities crammed next to Sefer Ha’agadah. Elements may be distinctive but nothing is too far out of my comfort zone.... Read more »
As someone who has worked on sex education in the Orthodox world, I was fascinated by Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Sex and Intimacy edited by Elliot N. Dorff and Danya Ruttenberg ( Jewish Publication Society, $16.00), on issues many would be surprised to learn Judaism has a say about, including dating ethics, sexual negotiation and... Read more »
Twenty-first century Hasidic life in Brooklyn. The 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) in Buenos Aires. Civil rights activism in Illinois in the 1960s. Crusades and plague in eleventh-century France. Famine in the ancient Middle East. In vivid new novels for young teen readers, smart and brave young female protagonists take center... Read more »
Wherever You Go, a new novel by Joan Leegant (Norton, $23.95), offers a vivid and accurate depiction of Anglo Jerusalem, particularly the diverse group of Americans who pass through the city or make it their home. In alternating chapters, Leegant focuses on three characters: Yona Stern is a 30-year-old American who comes to Israel to... Read more »
And the Rat Laughed, by Nava Semel (Hybrid Publishers, Melbourne, $25.00), opens with the painful, halting voice of an elderly woman in Tel Aviv in 1999. Her granddaughter has asked her to tell her story, but she cannot find the words for her Holocaust experience of horror and abuse endured in an underground potato pit,... Read more »
Something Red, by Jennifer Gilmore (Scribner, $25.00), provides a high-definition look at an era, a geographic location and a family. The novel is the story of the Goldstein family of Washington D.C., but it’s also the story of a largely under-chronicled historical era of transition: that period of ambiguity during the late 1970s and early... Read more »
The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time, by Judith Shulevitz (Random House, $26), tells two stories that run parallel and then unexpectedly intersect. The first story is of Shulevitz herself, a religious skeptic raised in Puerto Rico, cultivating her adolescent rebellion against the Sabbath. The second is the historical narrative of the... Read more »
Stealing glances at little boys’ penises, a postmodern mother frets her way through the complexity of circumcision.
It is Wednesday night and she drives to a motel deep in the valley. She has never been deep in the valley. The deep valley is far away. She loves the way deep in the valley sounds and she loves the thoughts she thinks about it.
Fania Lewando’s Yiddish cookbook and the restaurant that nourished an era’s Yiddish writers.
The curator of a dramatic new exhibition at New York’s Jewish Museum tells why he chose the paintings he did, and who might be included in our canon of Jewish feminist artists.
A quirky online world inspires real-life Jewish engagement. Avatars (Javatars!) get all dressed up for shul, shabbos, and even getting virtually wasted at the Mitzvah Bar.
Lilith’s staff photographer visits Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington.
Splitting your skin andstepping out of it — reptile, insect-like —is just one way of getting older.I see the lizard, snake, beetlethat I could becomein rough patches on my handsand knees, and how I might jointhem, creepers and crawlers,as I get closer to the ground.
Remembering that dreaded knock at her door in June 1967, an Israeli-American political scientist talks poignantly about her losses, about Israel’s chronic grief and what war costs women.
Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher, a book for children 4 to 8, opens with Baxter learning about the joys of Shabbat but hearing that — being a non-kosher animal — he cannot participate. After gorging on kosher pickles, downing five loaves of raisin challah and trying to pass for a cow, he... Read more »
On a stormy March evening, plaintive and edgy “aye ayes” emerge from the throat of a female flamenco singer, beckoning the New York audience to attention. Leilah Broukhim, a dancer, first sits beside the singer and guitarist, clapping her palms to the punchy rhythms. Then, without an obvious cue, Broukhim rises to perform a 10-minute... Read more »
Production company looking for ‘super JAP-py’ groups of friends!…gone are the days where being a JAP is a bad thing — today Jewish American Princesses are proud. think “Jersey Shore” meets “Real Housewives of New Jersey” — but classier. We want beautiful, fun, outspoken groups of Jewish American women. We didn’t make this up! It’s... Read more »
For four years, Rabbi Myrna Matsa has been working in Louisiana and Mississippi. Matsa was sent down by the New York Board of Rabbis to counsel rabbis and other clergy who were on overload meeting the needs of populations devastated by Katrina. And then the BP well exploded. She tells Lilith editor in chief Susan... Read more »
“Is Betty White Jewish?” my grandmother asked. No. “That’s too bad,” she said. At 88, White is best known for her roles on “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and after 71 years in the business, has hosted one of the most hilarious episodes of Saturday Night Live. Would she be any... Read more »
Dorothea Steinbruch? It’s OK. I’d never heard of her before either. She lives in Brazil, and she’s the only woman on a new list of the 50 wealthiest Jewish billionaires. We are led to ask: what have other women been doing while 49 of our male counterparts were prospering? Baking cookies? Nibbling madeleines? I’m ambivalent... Read more »