Fall 2020

Regret, Reset, Repentence, Repair

Did Alzheimers Turn My Husband into an Anti-Semite? • Parenting in the Pandemic • Objects and Their Hidden Lives • Forgiveness: When is it Possible?

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What Can Be Forgiven?

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The Afterlife of Objects

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Did Alzheimer’s Turn My Husband Into An anti-Semite?


What if I’d been wrong about all of it, and that there was—and always had been—some deep and yawning chasm between us?

Commit to Your Creativity. Even Now.


The author of the cult classic Writing Past Dark has some advice.

“Like A Worm You Poke With A Stick”


When the mommy who loved me was there, I didn’t know about the mommy who hated me.

Parenting During the Pandemic


SARAH SELTZER: 37, Lilith’s digital editor and mom of two. Dear Friends, I’m in NYC with a baby and toddler at home and little childcare help; my partner is a... Read more »

An Early American Portrait Yields Surprises About Race


You’re a historian studying material culture. How does this work connect to what you call “restoring women’s agency as creators of Jewish identity”? I came to the field of early... Read more »

What’s Embedded in Once-Ordinary Objects Brushed by Violence?


It was early august when I took the Metro out to a suburban station to meet the chief conservator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). She was taking... Read more »

Re-Setting the Lunchroom Table


It is 1974, and I am 12. I can see the rectangular Formica-topped table against the back wall of the middle-school lunch room, with its smell of mystery meat and... Read more »

We’ve Been Waiting for Your Call for 70 Years


The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project works with law students, building an archive of the murders of African Americans in the Jim Crow South from 1930 to 1970. We... Read more »

Stopping Judgment in Its Tracks


“Addiction followed by redemption” is the familiar trope that implies wrongdoing, even sinfulness, on the part of a person who has used and “abused” what are referred to as “substances.”... Read more »

Poem: My Grandmother’s Dishes


A poem by Lesléa Newman Comment by Alicia Ostriker

Fiction: The Neowise Comet Listens In


I remember you from before. Weren’t you here the last time I came? It was before Gilgamesh, before Anansi, before Apollo. I saw you there. It was six thousand years... Read more »

Making a Feast of Mezze


As a writer, cook, filmmaker and travel enthusiast, I’ve loved eating my way through cuisines. Many of my favorite dishes have been part of mezze, an abun- dance of cold... Read more »

Our Communal Responsibility


Teshuvah, often translated as “repentance,” really means “returning” or “turning around.” This act is not a single one but a process of becoming accountable: we evaluate our actions, repent for... Read more »

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