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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 from, such a light to us Jewish goyim, that we followed him and loved him, especially my husband. This rabbi—his name was Geduldig. Solomon Geduldig... 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 and Dave Fleischer, animation was for adults; she frequently loses her top and trades on sexuality. In one cartoon, “Betty Boop’s Ker-choo” (1933), Betty actually... 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 daffodils from under spring snow. Yellow heads nod up, surprised to be discovered. We walk beneath pines weeping low under white drifts. You reach up,... 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.

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