Fall 2016

Four Decades and Counting

Readers choose 40 Jewish feminist objects. Jewish teens giving gun control sermons. Body policing. Lilith landmark articles—coming out in the Orthodox world, the JAP stereotype, female holiness, and more.

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Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.

Fall 2016: Teens and Guns


A few years ago, at a workshop at my suburban East Coast temple, parents were asked to list some of the ways in which they were keeping their older children... Read more »

40 Feminist Objects


To celebrate Lilith’s 40th anniversary, we asked readers to suggest Jewish feminist items that carry special meaning. Check out the results. And tell us online: What Jewish feminist object would you nominate? 

Fall 2016: First Week of College


Ardent Pro-Israel Jew? Radical Anti-Zionist Jew? Politically and Culturally Apathetic Jew? Welcome to the identity fair. 

Fall 2016: Miriam


Miriam When my aunt remembers Odessa she remembers her mother’s Odessa fortress city with steps down to the Black Seanear the woodswhere the Jews would run from the soldiersduring pogromsAnd now I rememberher... Read more »

Fall 2016: I Hate the Label “Jew by Choice”


One convert’s reflections on “choosing” to be part of the “chosen” people. 

from “Analyze THIS”


Not long ago at a packed synagogue service, the rabbi happened to ask the congregation, “How many of you are psychotherapists?” A stunning number of hands shot up and the... Read more »

from “Feminist Funerals”


One of Jewish feminism’s great strengths has been doing the serious scholarly digging needed to bring new life into old rituals and develop new ones. Back in 1971, Arlene Agus brought... Read more »

from “The Once and Future Womantasch”


What is a hamantasch? A sacred vulva filled with black seeds. A food, source of nourishment, which we make with our hands reflecting our (women’s) felt sense of self-containment, of creativity... Read more »

from “Torah as the Matrix for Feminism”


What is feminism? Betty Friedan encapsulates it in a word—the “personhood,” she puts it, of women. On that everyone can agree, and it may be that we ought to stop at... Read more »

from “How Do Women Define the Sacred?”


Several issues ago, Lilith put out a call asking women who wore tallesim [plural of tallis; tallit in modern Hebrew]—traditionally men’s prayer shawls—to tell us about them, and the response was... Read more »

from “Maybe I Could Be Like Barbra—GAWJUS!”


When Barbra Streisand sang, with a meaningful nod, “We grew up together” in the opening number of her HBO recorded concert, my partner turned to me and said, “Everyone in the... Read more »

from “Jewish Girls and African-American Nannies”


“Thank you for triggering my memories of Mercedes,” wrote Joanne Drapkin of Bandon, Oregon. “I haven’t thought about her for literally decades. I shared a bedroom with her for two years... Read more »

from “Deaf Jewish Women Make Themselves Heard”


Three women highlight dynamics experienced by deaf Jews, often marginalized by religious practice and by the inaccessibility of Jewish functions. Tzila Seewald-Russell, 25, says, “I would consider myself deaf (with... Read more »

from “JAP-Baiting on Campus”


The stereotype of the JAP—the Jewish American Princess —is a relatively new phenomenon, emerging after years of Jewish Mother jokes and slurs. But whereas the Jewish Mother has been lampooned... Read more »

Tracking How We Choose to Form Families


Looking for Lilith stories on forming families? Check out this compilation. 

from “‘Never Tell Anyone’—A Comedienne Breaks Her Family Taboo”


I grew up in a picture-postcard-perfect family. My six siblings and I lived in a nice, middle-class, largely Christian neighborhood in Ottawa, Canada. My lovely German mother wore her blue-black hair... Read more »

from “They Say ‘It’s Not Sex!'”


When “Sex in the City” features a bat mitzvah party where the precocious 13-year-old girls talk about performing oral sex on the guys “to be popular,” we’re tempted to blow it... Read more »

from “Sacred Fuse Box Closet”


When my father died, I decided I was going to continue saying Kaddish once a day for the traditional eleven months and one day. By chance, a “Minha map” appeared in... Read more »

from “Jewish Women’s Philanthropy”


Jewish women today control more wealth than ever before —as wage- earners, beneficiaries of estates, directors of companies, board members of foundations and women’s funds, and as the ones in charge... Read more »

from “All Who Are Hungry”


Judaism teaches us to sanctify the significant moments in our lives with rituals, and thus it seems appropriate to me to mark the beginning of my recovery from anorexia with some... Read more »

from “Women Sing of Family Violence”


Picture the stairwell in the poor apartment: the neighbor descends the steps and the woman in the doorway repeats, “Good night, good night,” and then haltingly speaks the words: “He hit... Read more »

from “Children Hidden During the Holocaust”


The first thing that strikes me is how good-looking everyone is. I wonder, is it because it’s a European crowd (there are over 500 here from Europe), or does it actually... Read more »

from “Coming of Age as Iraqi Jew in California”


My name is Loolwa Khazzoom. I was born into an Orthodox Jewish family, with an Iraqi father and an American mother. The first priority in my parents’ life was giving my... Read more »

from “Coming Out in the Orthodox World.” And an Update!


I never could have imagined a commitment ceremony for me and my partner, or dreamt that our parents would willingly and lovingly host a magnificent celebration for 165 relatives and... Read more »



With 40 years of riches to choose from, selecting classics from Lilith’s archives to t the space constraints of a single issue of the magazine proves a nearly impossible task.... Read more »

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