A trio to help us celebrate the New Moon, and our own bodies.
A trio to help us celebrate the New Moon, and our own bodies.
Healing An AIDS information hotline gives information and assistance in Yiddish, Hebrew or English with a sensitivity to Jewish concerns, as well as referrals to knowledgeable Orthodox, Conservative or Reform rabbis. All calls are strictly confidential. These services are provided by a foundation founded by the sister of a courageous young man from an Orthodox Jewish... Read more »
RABBIS AND VEGETARIANISM: AN EVOLVING TRADITIONby Roberta Kalechovsky[Micah Publications, 225 Humphrey St., Marblehead, MA 01945, $10.00, plus $2.25 for shipping and handling] This book is a collection of essays by 17 rabbis—Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox—on the subject of vegetarianism in the framework of the Jewish tradition. As the author, Roberta Kalechovsky, notes. “Food is... Read more »
DEALERS AMONG DEALERS This fascinating 70-minute documentary about Jews (all male, of course) in the diamond business presents a world that is high stakes and addictive, sentimental and loyal. On a handshake, a chassid walks away with a million dollar bracelet in his pocket. Grandfathers, fathers and sons define this world, and it’s touching to... Read more »
Jewish Women; A World of Tradition and Changeby Joan Roth[Jolen Press 217 East 85 St., Suite 263, New York NY 10021] There has never been a book like this one. When we look around the room at any gathering we know Jewish women don’t all look alike. But these faces? The work of photojournalist Joan Roth... Read more »
The Soloveitchik Heritage: A Daughter’s Memoirby Shulamith Soloveifchik Meiselman[Ktav, Hoboken, NJ, $25] This graceful family memoir gives an inside look at two distinguished rabbinic dynasties joined through the marriage of the author’s parents in 1900. The bride: Pesha Pruzhaner, daughter of Guta and Reb Ele of Pruzhana, Polish Lithuania, a tree-climbing, novel-reading, determinedly modern (yet... Read more »
Jewish Women/Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Lifeby Aviva CantorNew York: HarperCollins, 1995, $32.50] Jewish Women/Jewish Men is a sprawling and passionate polemic. With all of Jewish experience from the Bible to contemporary Israeli and American Jewry as the backdrop for her inquiry, Aviva Cantor raises important questions about the ways in which patriarchy... Read more »
My daughter was just turning three when she began to ask about a father. Sarah was no dummy; she had noticed for more than a year that other families tend to have one of each—a mommy and a daddy. In spite of my best efforts to normalize our single-parent, lesbian-headed household by pointing out to her... Read more »
One evening in the summer of 1980, Esther Dellheim*, a 37-year-old writer, unmarried and living in New York City, spent several hours composing a short letter to her parents. She was two months pregnant, she told them, and planning to keep the baby. She heard nothing for several days. Then two letters arrived. She opened... Read more »
"My friend knows a man what can make me an abortion." A mother’s unexpected umpteenth pregnancy in 1917 creates an unexpected poignancy for her oldest daughter. Though Singer’s piece is fiction, today’s threats to reproductive rights are not. LILITH takes a look at restrictive (and sometimes hidden) new anti-abortion legislation, and tells whom to contact, from the White House on down, to defend your rights.
YAY! The 90’s are here! All the injustices of the previous decades can be righted by learning, marching, defeating those old stereotypes—-a summer camp exercise where girls and boys together fight sexism and repair the world.
When multiculturalism was not yet a buzzword, it was hard to be young and Iraqi in Hebrew schools and youth groups where "Jewish" meant "Ashkenazi." Harder still to be young, female, and passionate about prayer in the Iraqi synagogue where only men and boys had value.
Barbra (unfixed nose & all) gave Jewish female faces, and their owners, a new self-respect. Here’s how one fan worshipped her idol.
What’s the only Jewish girl in Hibbing, Minnesota gonna do for a sanctioned social life? Get shipped to Duluth for the ritual Saturday night grope.
The Sixth International Jewish Media Conference, held in Jerusalem this past winter, gathered together 150 journalists—about one third women—from over 30 countries. Only in the margins of the program, was it possible to notice a slowly spreading national awareness of women’s issues reflected in many local projects. In times of war in Israel, women’s issues... Read more »
This past winter, Newt Gingrich addressed an audience of 450 prominent Jews who had paid $1000 apiece to attend a benefit dinner for the Jewish Theological Seminar)’ in New York. The Speaker of the House was introduced by Mayer Mitchell (Chairperson of the Board of AIPAC) as “one of Israel’s best friends in Congress….a dedicated... Read more »
A rabbi is not just a religious leader, a rabbi is also a community leader and a role model. As such, rabbis are in a position to help their communities set standards— standards of behavior and of tolerance. Rabbis can use their power to keep their communities stagnant and to encourage closed-mindedness and factionalization; or... Read more »
Is the myth of the Israeli women soldiers fighting side by side with the men finally about to become a reality? As LILITH reported in Spring 1995, Alice Miller, a 23-year-old soldier, took the Israeli Air Force to court when she was barred from qualifying exams to become an Air Force pilot. On November 8,... Read more »
In bare feet, a black silk camisole and a crinoline, Heidi Latsky becomes the ambiguous tenth person in a minyan of nine formally dressed men davening silently with their backs to the audience. Latsky, a dancer/choreographer whose work explores ethnicity and gender through movement, recently performed a series of pieces at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA... Read more »
Grassroots activists in San Francisco organized “Celebrating Diversity— Creating Community,” a day-long conference last November. Eighty workshops throughout the day reflected the conference theme, with discussions on topics ranging from “A Jewish Response to Domestic Violence,” “Jewish Lesbian Mothers” and “Jewish Women with AIDS.” Speakers included author Tillie Olsen and witchcraft leader Starhawk. The sellout crowd... Read more »
BEYOND BEIJING I want to follow up on the U.N. Women’s Conference in Beijing [“Judy Brodkey: Why I’m Going to Beijing” Summer ’95]. After I came back, I organized a panel of women speaking from different perspectives, to share with other Oregonians our experiences at the conference. I spoke as a Jewish woman. (We’re such... Read more »
Here it is—another demographic trend with Jewish women in the forefront. All women in the Western world now marry later (if at all), but Jewish women are waiting even longer than the others. All women stay in school longer than ever before, but Jewish women are the best educated women in the U.S. today. All... Read more »