Fall 2011

Memoir! The life stories revealed in 35 years of Lilith. A female view of male circumcision. Guiding a child through her cancer. Saying Yizkor for a marriage. Re-considering Jewish sororities.

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The 500-Year-Old Rabbi

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Susan Schnur interviews Barbara Aiello

A Woman’s View of Circumcision

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This traditional Jewish rite of passage is how we welcome newborn boys. Now, it’s also inciting both anti-Semitism and a big dose of feminist ambivalence.

Mail-Order Bride: from Russia to the Dakota Prairie

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The physical inspection was first. Eyes. Nose. On her chin, a thumb opened her jaw. The woman’s hands weren’t soft but they were dry, at least, like salted fish. Minna closed her eyes, then worried she looked afraid and opened them. The fingers tugged at her earlobes. They prowled at her nape. But now the... Read more »

Guiding My Child Through Cancer

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A rabbi/mom morphed five Jewish principles into rituals for pulling herself and her daughter through a hellish year.

A (Re)Consideration of Jewish Sororities

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Flying in the face of the stereotypes, Kohn claims they could be precursors for social justice work.

Celebrating 35 Years of Jewish Women’s Stories

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Why do Jewish women write memoir? A guided tour through the life stories revealed in Lilith’s pages — by women like, and very unlike, yourself.

Yizkor for a Marriage

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He cheats. She mourns. The unexpected solace from a Jewish way of handling loss.

Cats & Angels

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The Rebbetzin says angels follow you and defend you when you die — unless          you speak ill,in which case the angels are injured. They bruise blue and their mouths         melt shutlike some crooked river which craves to save you. Life doesn’t go quite right.I don’t leap from this... Read more »

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