Spring 2005

Jewish women’s salons: making a revolution in your living room. How a courageous bubbe saved the Kentucky coal mine strikers. Vulva consciousness. Moms of autistic kids bond in the Midwest.

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9,000 Dishes, 120 Seders, 60 Years -Hey! I Could get into this

The good years, the angry years, the anxious years, and now—the triumphal years

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The Power of Jewish Women’s Conversation

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Read “The Power of Jewish Women’s Conversation” here. 

G-ma and Me

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Real estate, so cruel to so many, hands Bennett a new relationship when her engagement breaks off.

Autism Moms

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In a city in the Midwest, a growing cadre of Jewish moms bond. They have special-needs kids and a special Jewish community. Illustrations by Israeli artists--children and adults--with autism.

Speaking the Unspeakable

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Even fearless Jewish women have trouble saying it! Surprising findings from the bestselling psychologist.

Leni Sonnenfeld’s Pictures

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Even in her 90s, her clear eye made Sonnenfeld the photographer of record for the humble poignancies of Jewish life around the world.

Working the Mikveh

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We take turns: Yehudis, Miriam, Lillian and I. The mikveh is behind Miriam’s house so she gets to staff it three nights a week; the rest of us take the other three and then rotate for Shabbes. In theory, no one wants to work the mikveh on Shabbes because it’s better to be home greeting the... Read more »

Why I became an English Professor

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For a child of Holocaust survivors, Shakespeare is a refuge

Kentucky Coal Mine Bubbe

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How one courageous woman saved the strikers and defied the bosses, 75 years ago.

Sanctuary

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So many doves huddledin that wall,pushing themselves in.Ancient lime stones rubbed smooth, beseechinghands find their comfort. Handwrittenand folded, what the heart inscribes, hidden graffiti crying songs of smoke.Brambles between cracked yellowingstone, in this heatlike clusters of barbed wire, hangingthe laundry of white lace flowers torn from a notebook, carries the sweatof handswrinkled upturned,shy smile of... Read more »

How to Make Next Passover’s Seder More Meaningful, Starting Now

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Passover is a journey towards wholeness, towards a metaphoric “promised land,” and if we remember that—and that alone—we will create a seder each year that is not only deeply meaningful but, de facto, different from every other year’s. For next year’s seder, start now by staying attuned to issues in your own life—and in the news—that... Read more »

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