Spring 1992

Miriam’s Cup: a new Passover tradition honoring the prophetess Miriam. The Garden
of Eden stars in a new feminist musical. A Jewish student learns to love German. Your worrying is good.

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The Magical Properties of Worrying


Do others put you down when you noodge and worry? Ammunition from this feminist family therapist will help you fight back!

Street of Whores


A young Moroccan editor confronts her identity after her father’s death with insights derived from watching Tel Aviv’s prostitutes.

Turning 40: A Ritual Talmudically


Thirty five friends help a woman cross that dangerous threshold into midlife. Candles, sandals and Talmudic rumination.

Holocaust Wills


Part of a will written by a woman of Kovel, to her husband; carved on the synagogue wall: Reuben Atlas, this is to inform you that here, in this place,... Read more »

Nitzah Marsha Jospe


Dying of cancer at age 32, she wrote this ethical will to her three small children: Sunday, Rosh Hodesh Adar 5740, February 17, 1980 I’m afraid Tamar won’t remember me.... Read more »



I address myself to my children — to all of our household. My father died at the age of 83 and I have a premonition that in this, my 83rd... Read more »

Shulamit Rabinovitch


The following ethical will was written during the Holocaust in the Kovno ghetto. It is addressed to two sons living in America: My dear, fortunate sons!       We... Read more »

Jennie Stein Berman


Jennie Berman, who immigrated to America, is concerned here for Sam, her bachelor brother. The date of this letter is 1956. To all my children:         This is... Read more »

The Cult of Miriam


Who was the biblical Miriam? A minor character, backstage sister to the palace-reared Moses, occasional Rosencrantz-&- Guildenstern type helpmeet? Or was she a real historical leader in her own right—with her... Read more »

Why I Love/Hate the German Language


As a Vassar undergrad, the author’s negative feelings for all things German collide with her professors’ love of Heine, Goethe and Kaffee mit Schlagsahne. Then by chance she discovers the work of Gertrud Kolmar (whose poetry appears here), a brilliant, forgotten German-Jewish muse murdered at Auchwitz.

Guarding the Garden


Who says Adam and Eve (and Lilith) don’t need Deborah Tannen? Enjoy this excerpt from a new, screwball musical comedy (music and lyrics by Margot Stein Azen), one of the most intelligent Jewish renderings of eco-feminism that we’ve yet seen.

Awakening to Mercy


Maybe there's a reason why the  traditional siddur has us begin each day with a pause for prayer before we leap out of bed and gulp down our power breakfasts. Tape our own voice and move through this guided meditation on awakening--gratefully--to each new day.



In response to “The Power of Women’s Folk Judaism” (Fall 1991), I offer the following story. When I was nine months pregnant with my second child, my firstborn, Aviva, was... Read more »

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