Lilith FeatureOur [Meaning Women’s] Book-of-Esther Problem
A 12-Page Lilith Feature By Rabbi Susan Schnur
The Way We Are
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 »
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 »
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
He preached the lessons of unconditional love, and his music was adored world-wide. But what was his legacy to women?
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 »