Spring 2004

Twentysomethings look back at their divorced parents. Betty Boop is Jewish. Single-sex services in the name of pluralism. The poet Zelda’s sensual Hebrew verses. An unusual wedding anniversary celebration.

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Two Jewish women-both in their twenties--look back.

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One Woman’s Tenement Is Another’s Castle


Where the whole family gathers to mark a 35th wedding anniversary.

The Guys in the Rabbi’s Class


My husband had a teacher in his later years, a rabbi who was much too Orthodox for most of us, but so sweet and sympathetic, so learned and easy to learn... Read more »

Betty Boop


Yes of course Betty Boop is Jewish. What made her a star, however, was not Jewishness, but overt sexiness. When Betty Boop was introduced in 1930 by her creators. Max... Read more »

Separate and Equal?


Richman wants all her friends to be comfortable. But should feminists sanction prayer services that exclude one sex or another in the name of pluralism?

Translating Zelda


A gifted poet and liturgist in her own right, Falk turns her high beam on Zelda’s sensual Hebrew verses.

A “Happy” Divorce


Recalling strife-free “family” vacations with both her (not-yet-remarried) parents, Kramer may be the embodiment of the kid who is blissfully blind to the conflicts that fractured the family in the first place. Then her mom weighs in.

A Kashrut of Families


Erlich struggles with her own elaborate rules, like separating milk and meat in a kosher kitchen, for how to make sure there’s minimal mingling. Her own wedding is the litmus test for how well she’s doing.

After the Seders, Snow


I say no to soup and you frown: “But it’s perfect,” you say, “the matzo balls float up like clouds.” Instead, we bundle up, go out and dig bouquets of... Read more »

The Woman Who Shaped the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


Her posthumous autobiography reveals why a woman’s suffering and vision changed the way the U.S. Holocaust Museum teaches about the Shoah.

Readers Respond


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