Spring 2007

A philanthropist gives feminist art what it deserves. Jewish mother jokes. Lesbian rabbis, Jewish law, and blessings for changing your gender. Being childless in Israel.

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A Philanthropist Gives Feminist Art What It Deserves

Lilith Feature

Navigating Sexuality

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Exit Wounds

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In this simultaneously spare and rich novel, award-winning Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan manages to explore social issues, love (and sex) old and new, and the complexities of extended family relationships.... Read more »

Blessings for Gender Transitions

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“Ha’Ma’avir” — sharing the root of the word Ivrim (Hebrews). Jews are Ivrim — the “crossing over” people — because we “crossed over” the Jordan River into Canaan to escape... Read more »

Forbidden and Permitted Relations

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When I first heard the news that the lawmaking body of the Conservative movement rejected two proposals for full acceptance of gay and lesbian Jews and accepted the responsum, or... Read more »

What’s Next, After Gay Rabbis?

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Time to think about sex and sexual identity along a spectrum the seminaries haven’t even considered yet.

The Rehearsal Man

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How does she turn gay women straight?

The REAL History of the Jewish Mother

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Two seriously funny Jewish mothers go behind the jokes that have reined us in to reveal the secret messages of power beamed at us from stage, screen and stand-up mic. Susan Schnur interviews historian Joyce Antler about her new book, You Never Call! You Never Write!

Each Other’s

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1. Pretend these words are from the BiblePretend these words are from the BibleShekinah ShekinahPretend these words are from the BibleThey sat in the gardenunder the willowswith their notebooks and... Read more »

Judy Chicago’s Jewish Identity

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Her petalled flowers and vulva-like forms, her swirls and gradations of color are signatures of Judy Chicago’s work. We also recognize Judy Chicago today as a significant fulcrum for twentieth-century... Read more »

Sound Effects

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Despite her best effort to open them soundlessly, the carved wooden doors to the sanctuary announced Lila’s late arrival with a squeal that would have done the ram’s horn proud.... Read more »

Childless In Israel

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Up close and personal in the Promised Land: women without children in this intensely pro-natalist society.

Sybil’s Last Tape

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Aunt Sybil spills the beans about life for a Jewish girl in the Twenties, and how she toughened up her immigrant mother to improve her parents’ marriage.

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