Lilith FeatureOur [Meaning Women’s] Book-of-Esther Problem
A 12-Page Lilith Feature By Rabbi Susan Schnur
Shlomo Carlebach’s shadow side. Women reclaim Purim: You will never see a hamantasch the same way again. Two pre-war novels in Germany by Gertrud Kolmar reflect her life.Table of contents Get the issue
A 12-Page Lilith Feature By Rabbi Susan Schnur
The Way We Are
HEALTH AND HEALING Women and Disabilities, a women’s studies conference, will be held at Southern Connecticut State University October 2-3. Send your proposals for sessions by 6/1/98 to Vara Neverow, Women... Read more »
Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Cultureedited by Joyce AntlerBrandeis University Press, $21.95 Yiddishe Momma. JAP. Jewish Big Mouth. Long Suffering Mother. These are just some of the images... Read more »
The Red Tentby Anita DiamantSt. Martin’s Press, $23.95 As Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent opens, Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah, tempts the reader to hear her story. “We have... Read more »
Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s Historyby Helen EpsteinLittle, Brown, $24.95 Everything about Helen Epstein’s new book. Where She Came From, is incredible—in the literal sense of... Read more »
A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from Midlife Through the Elder Yearsedited by Susan BerrinJewish Lights Publishing, $24.95 A Heart of Wisdom, a new anthology edited by Susan Berrin, is... Read more »
Celebrating the Lives of Jewish Women: Patterns in a Feminist Sampleredited by Rachel Josefowitz Siegel and Ellen ColeThe Harrington Park Press, $19.95 “Thou Shalt Not Lessen the Humanity of Women,” writer... Read more »
Under My Hatby Sally BerkovicJoseph’s Bookstore, London (fax 44-181-731-7575) Part memoir, part scathing social commentary, part rallying cry for Orthodox feminism, this first book by self-described “unorthodox Orthodox” author Sally... Read more »
To Do & To Be: Portraits of Four Women Activists, 1893-1986: Gertrude Barnum, Mary Dreier, Pauline Newman, Rose Pesotta by Ann Schofield Northeastern University Press, $15.95 The 1911 Triangle Fire was never far from... Read more »
The Curse of Cainby Regina Schwartz, University of Chicago Press, $22.95 Lifecycles: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Lifeedited by Debra Orenstein and Jane LitmanJewish Lights, $24.95 Like Bread on... Read more »
“Excuse me, doctor, you have a call.” My secretary, Janis, pokes her head into the room where I am trying to console a couple whose 14-year-old cocker spaniel has just... Read more »
Published in English for the first time, two novels of pre-war Germany reflect their author’s tormented life of anti-Semitism, troubled motherhood, and a brooding sexuality.
Celebrating Purim's Full Moon As “Holy Body Day."
"The figures of Vashti and Esther, clearly in origin full-moon prespring relatives of the ancient mythological life cycle goddesses, come down to us, in the Book of Esther and in rabbinic midrash, so disfigured and devalued that it is hard to know how to begin resurrecting them.
But let's start with Harvard psychologist Carol Gilligan, whose research shows us that females' self-esteem is highest before puberty, but then we turn into women, males enter our consciousness, and it all goes to hell."
Tracing the hamantasch her story
Deftly she scraped the silver scales and forcedone fish into the other; the soft feetof the calf she boiled into jelly; she stuffed riceinto the plump hen and boundits wings... Read more »
ISAAC They put my first born in my arms. His eyesopened milky as any other lamb’s, and Iremembered my father watching my face I prayed he would believe I was... Read more »
He preached the lessons of unconditional love, and his music was adored world-wide. But what was his legacy to women?
Orthodoxy’s Open Door I am a modern Orthodox Jewish woman of American Indian and African-American descent. As an active member of New York’s Orthodox community, I am incredulous that “a... Read more »
A major new study released in February reports that women make up only 25% of the boards of American Jewish organizations and still face obstacles as board members. The study,... Read more »
In a major victory for Orthodox feminism,” writes Jonathan Mark in The Jewish Week (“Women Take Giant Step in Orthodox Community,” Dec. 19, 1997), a prominent New York Orthodox synagogue... Read more »
Folksy puppets perch on makeshift bookshelves, overwhelming the kitchenette of Svetlana Smelansky’s tiny San Francisco apartment. Orange-haired, gray-bearded, kerchiefed, potbellied, cross-eyed, pop-eyed, or slump-shouldered, they represent only a fraction of... Read more »
Who among us made it through childhood without hearing about The Starving Children? “There are children starving in India,” our parents—often our mothers —would intone, casting a cold eye on... Read more »
“Thank you God for making me a woman who is an artist.” This statement appears in the center panel of a gold-painted tryptich. embellished with beads, minors, safety pins, and... Read more »
You don’t have to be a victim or a survivor to be part of the problem or the solution,” urged Shelley Herman, co-chair of the conference on “Family Violence: Healing Through... Read more »
Purim is a holiday some of us may recall from childhood only because of the Queen Esther dresses we wore. (I still have the photo of myself, circa age 6,... Read more »