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Transgender Jews speak up. Jewish women and money. Ruth Messinger on 9/11 obituaries. Confronting skimpy maternity benefits in Jewish institutions. Israel’s founding mothers, some suicidal. Deconstructing the biblical Dena.Table of contents Get the issue
Try this one yourself! Rhoda Asch has figured out how to re-invite, annually, all who have ever come and eaten at her Seder.
COMING SOON The invention of the sewing machine in 1848 and the demand for ready made clothing were both a blessing and a curse for the Levines, Jewish immigrants from Poland... Read more »
What is it like to know you are “slow,” that you will forever be cut off from taking advantage of what society offers its productive—and even not so productive—adults? And what... Read more »
Ranging in scope from the first female Jewish settlers to New Amsterdam in1654 to the emergence of the contemporary Jewish feminist movement. Her Worlds Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in... Read more »
The Yiddish stage was one of last century’s most amazing and diverse worldwide theatrical phenomena, encompassing every genre from operettas and literary dramas to marionette theater and political plays. While histories... Read more »
In Elizabeth Berg’s Never Change (Pocket Books, $23.95), looks loom large for protagonist Myra Lipinsky. Myrais a 51 year-old visiting nurse whose own affliction, as she fatalistically sees it, is a terminal... Read more »
In Fox: Poems 1998-2000 (WW. Norton & Co., $21) Adrienne Rich can no longer be accused of favoring a feminist polemic over the art of poetry. As she writes in... Read more »
Long Time No See by Susan Isaacs (Harper Collins, $39.95) is a murder mystery, told in the first person. The “detective,” Judith (not Judy) Singer, is a middle-aged history professor at... Read more »
In simple yet sophisticated language, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso retells the story of Cain and Abel in Finding the Fruits of Peace: Cain and Abel (Jewish Lights,$16.95). Sasso invites the reader into a colorful... Read more »
“Zaftig, in Yiddish, means juicy. It also means voluptuous, plump, and round in a deliciously sensuous way. Used to refer to people’s bodies, it suggests opulence and abundance, a sort... Read more »
Game Face, hy Jane Gottesman. Random House. $35 It’s miraculous to see an athlete at her peak performance. But as a swimmer, I have also loved the drama of the pre-race... Read more »
Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered by Ruth Kluger, The Feminist Press, $24.95 Ruth Kluger, the author of Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, is a Jewish woman born in 1931 Vienna... Read more »
Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women by Jill Hammer, Jewish Publication Society, $24.95 I was once asked to reflect on which sacred text influenced me the most. After some... Read more »
Necessary Targets: A Story of Women and War by Eve Ensler, Villard Books, $12.95The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, Villard Books, $19.95 “When we think of war, we think of the moment of... Read more »
No Room of Their Own: Gender and Nation in Israeli Women’s Fiction by Yael S. Feldman, Golumbia University Press, $17.50 This study examines how nationalism, the threat of war, and male... Read more »
The First Day and Other Stories by Dvora Baron, translated and edited by Naomi Seidman with Chana Kronfeld, University of California Press, $16.95 The mysterious tragedy of Dvora Baron’s life... Read more »
The biblical Dena (or Dinah), as most of us know, was portrayed in conflicting ways—harlot, rape survivor, passive sister. But what did this strange story mean in its time?
Rose-petal jam and stolen furs lure a young immigrant mother in 1940s America.
L.A. native Benjamin Harvey (a pseudonym) transitioned from female to male in 1982, and celebrated his bar three years later. Here he talks about fitting together the Jewish part of... Read more »
It’s Friday evening and I’m all set—I’ve packed my kippah, a map, and a clean white shirt. The boulevard is an ocean of cars and I am a stealth minnow... Read more »
Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us, describes trying to end her Jewish marriage with a get, a divorce document. She says “I couldn’t give... Read more »
Whatever tendencies we might have to think that “gender studies” is a concept new to the world after feminism, the rabbis of the Talmud have been deeply fascinated by... Read more »
And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1.27, JPS translation). So God created the human/humanity... Read more »
Feminism, Judaism and women’s new financial resources are—finally—joining forces. A spate of Jewish women’s foundations are making news in nearly 20 cities across the continent, as Jewish women change the way they’re changing the world.
Behind the mask of mythology, poet Geffen exposes the extraordinary, smoldering losses of Israel’s pioneer women, including his suicidal mother.
Rabbi Laurie Rice, pregnant, confronts the rotten maternity benefits most Jewish institutions offer.
Ruth Messinger launches our new opinion section of Lilith with her thoughts on 9/11 obituaries and what they suggest about Jewish men and their children.
The large, glossy 2002 wall calendar that arrived in the LILITH office in January, courtesy of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, contains” 12 distinctive images of the healing arts from a variety... Read more »
Violence against women has long been a problem in Israel: according to the women’s labor-Zionist organization Na’amat, one out of seven Israeli women has suffered from some form of partner abuse.... Read more »
Jewish feminist scholarship is flourishing, now more than ever before. Here’s a sampling of the innovative work being done right now by early-career academics: • Deborah Grenn, founder of The Lilith Institute... Read more »
Graduations take place in the spring, and for students and their families who have recently lost a parent, sibling or grandparent, these ceremonies can be bitter sweet. At Yale University,... Read more »
Attorney Rochelle Shoretz, 29, mother of two, an Orthodox Jew and former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. While undergoing chemotherapy in November 2001... Read more »
Soccer Maydels: Two Tales 1. This winter saw the debut of The Yeshiva Girls’ Indoor Soccer League, with teams in New York and New Jersey. “My friends and I love soccer,”... Read more »
After Lori Leibovich, a staff writer at Teen People, searched bridal magazines in vain for “one thought-provoking article, one provocative essay that poked fun at the 70 billion dollar wedding industry, “she... Read more »
When a pastel map of the tribalized “New York istan” appeared on The New Yorker magazine cover in December, the city’s neighborhoods were renamed in ironic recognition of September 11. The... Read more »
To NBC, for airing an episode In the drama series “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” on January 6, in which the murderer of an abortion provider turns out to be... Read more »
Deborah Drattell’s intriguing and much-publicized opera Lilith is really about Eve. It is with Eve’s struggles in the work’s premier at the New York City Opera this winter that we empathize. Lilith is a decidedly secondary character.... Read more »
Mentoring I’ve been thinking a lot about its meanings lately. For 25 years LILITH has had the pleasure of I nurturing more than 90 young women—high schoolers, college students, graduates, and... Read more »