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Fall/Winter 83/5744

Pornography proliferates in the Israel. Raising children of intermarriage as Jews: five parents tell how. Are feminists changing Judaism? Answers from two leaders of Ezrat Nashim, the game-changing women’s collective.

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Raising Kids Jewish in a Mixed Marriage

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Testimonies by Sharon Lieberman, Zahava Jacobson, William Bly, Eileen Berry-Harahan and Inge Lederer Gibel Advice to Grandparents by Helen Latner; By the best estimates, of every three marriages involving a Jew, at least one will be to a non-Jewish partner. While many bemoan this trend, prevention and "cure" seem equally impossible an undesirable in an  open society. Five Jews who have married non-Jews tell here how they're raising children with strong Jewish identities even under these complicated circumstances. 

The Chuppah

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The chuppah stands on four poles.The home has its four corners.The chuppah stands on four poles.The marriage stands on four legs.Four points loose the windsthat blow on the walls of the house,the south wind that brings the warm rain,the east wind that brings the cold rain,the north wind that brings the cold sunand the snow,... Read more »

After a Decade of Jewish Feminism The Jewry is Still Out

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A group of women calling themselves Ezrat Nashim (help for women) set forth the earliest agenda for the nascent Jewish feminist movement in 1972. Now, more than a decade after the group’s landmark petition challenging the Conservative movement to expand women’s rights, and ten years after the Reform movement ordained its first woman rabbi, two leaders of Ezrat Nashim reveal why it’s taking so long to realize the promise of those events.

Burning Air and a Clear Mind

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The powerful poetry of Israeli women in the first such collection to appear in English translation, anthologized by Myra Glazer.

Israeli Mother Condemns Lebanese War

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Excerpts from the article that created a storm when it appeared in Hebrew in Israel. A woman whose son was killed while commanding an army operation in Lebanon last year accuses the current government policies of causing her son’s death.

The Wounds of War

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The ongoing tensions in Israel take a special toll on women, who see action only on the home front. Under considerable social pressure to nurture their soldier husbands, brothers and sons without complaint, they now confess to feeling burnt out, frustrated and powerless.

Porn in the Promised land

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From nudie shoe ads in "family" magazines to exploitative blue movies for kibbutz couples, Israel has moved far from the egalitarian ideals of its founders. The country is now awash in a sea of pornographic images of women. Billboards, magazine layouts—even TV—feature material that degrades, insults and threatens women. A mass-media specialist argues that the rising incidence of pornography contributes significantly to an increase of rape and other violence toward women in Israeli society.

Lines of Communication

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Aiding the Elderly Dear LILITH: Paula Gantz gave a moving portrait of the difficulties of being old and female in “Our Golden Years” [LILITH #10]. JASA (Jewish Association for Services for the Aged) provides a number of services—in addition to those she mentioned—to help relieve that burden. Twenty-one JASA senior citizens centers in New York... Read more »

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