Two Jewish women-both in their twenties--look back.
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.Table of contents Get the issue
Where the whole family gathers to mark a 35th wedding anniversary.
Pick Up The Phone Telephone visiting. It’s an easy act of kindness. Make a telephone call to reassure, check in, chat for a few minutes with an elderly relative, a... Read more »
In Joining the Sisterhood: Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives (State University of New York Press, $18.95), editors Tobin Belzer and Julie Pelc open the floor to young Jewish women, ranging from their late teens... Read more »
In January 2001, Gloria Becker Marchick returned from a Fulbright Lectureship in Morocco. She had unwillingly gone underground as a Jew during her several months there, intimidated by the tensions... Read more »
There was a time when decent women would never willingly appear in public without their heads covered. Until recently, it was a sign of a woman’s standing. Even late into... Read more »
Edgy, dark, morbid, scathing and, at moments, surreal. These are all apt descriptions of Alix Straus’s new collection The Joy of Funerals: A Novel in Stories (St. Martin’s Press, $12.95). Each story, as the... Read more »
The bond between mothers and daughters forms the dark and pulsating heart of Dani Shapiro’s gripping new novel, Family History (Alfred A. Knopf, $23). Rachel Jensen seems to have it all: wonderful, sexy husband, lovely... Read more »
In Loosen the Fetters of Thy Tongue, Woman: The Poetry and Poetics of Yona Wallach (Hebrew Union College Press, $39.95), Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen wrestles with some of the most intricate and provocative poetry... Read more »
It has been said that psychology is the study of the obvious, and sociology the study of the painfully obvious. How Goodly Are Thy Tents: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences, by Amy... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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?
A gifted poet and liturgist in her own right, Falk turns her high beam on Zelda’s sensual Hebrew verses.
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.
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.
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 »
Her posthumous autobiography reveals why a woman’s suffering and vision changed the way the U.S. Holocaust Museum teaches about the Shoah.
You have a lot to say about teen girls and oral sex.
Georgette Klinger, nee Eckstein, died on January 9, 2004 at the age of 88. The porcelain-skinned former beauty contest winner and Czech emigre opened her own beauty salon in 1941 on... Read more »
Miklat, the only battered women’s shelter in Israel specifically for Orthodox and Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jewish women and children, has announced plans to open a second shelter, somewhere in the center... Read more »
Two years ago, Neta Stahl and Yitzhak Melamed, Ph.D. candidates in Jewish Studies and the parents of Yonathan and Alma, then four years and six months respectively, spent the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies... Read more »
Remember how Hillary Rodham Clinton infuriated absolutely everybody when her husband was running for President? The reason why people hated her, pundits said, was her assertion that In a Clinton... Read more »
The controversy in France over the Muslim headscarf has not gone away with the passing of the new law barring the wearing of religious symbols in educational institutions…. Among the... Read more »
Nancy Meyers and Ilene Chaiken, nearly unknown outside Hollywood circles until a few months ago, have each mounted a challenge to the entertainment industry’s assumption about what sells on screen. Turns out that... Read more »
The Conservative movement has for the first time issued guidelines for dealing with sexual abuse and harassment in synagogues. Conservative leaders were following on the heels of the more liberal... Read more »
Since January, the Bush Administration has twice bypassed the Senate to install anti-choice Federal judges whose appointments have been opposed by reproductive rights advocates. On January 16, while Congress was in... Read more »
Enid Dame, 60, of cancer. In her seven books of poetry, she deftly mixed images from Brooklyn with Midrash. Sometimes Biblical matriarchs appear in her poems, but reimagined in modern guise,... Read more »
The two-year-old magazine Zeek (www.zeek.net) declares that its mission is “to present alternative Jewish voices of criticism, literature, and religious thought, in an intelligent, but non-academic, context.” Indeed. In his... Read more »
Mazal tov to… Blu Greenberg, author, teacher, and founder/president of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, named in Women’s Enews’ 2003 list of 21 “Leaders of the 21st Century.” Greenberg, a tireless... Read more »
My God, she built the institution. I just don’t know what happened.” This is how a top Jewish organizational professional described the departure of Debby Hirshman the executive director who brought the widely... Read more »
Next time something at home breaks, don’t ask a man to fix it. This is not just to avoid perpetuating tiresome stereotypes of helpless women, but because using tools is... Read more »
Did you ever see the movie “‘The Group,” made from Mary McCarthy’s novel? It draws the curtain back to reveal sexuality and the sexual double standard in the lives of smart,... Read more »