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Dressing feminist—what four smart women think about each morning. Adrienne Cooper on Yiddish songs about family violence. How to throw a green wedding. A Jew-by-choice loves her mezuzah.Table of contents Get the issue
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Our Bodies… in Hebrew & Arabic Women and Their Bodies set out in 2005 to develop Our Bodies, Ourselves in Hebrew (Nashim Le’Gufan) and Arabic (Al Mara wa Kayanaha). WTB... Read more »
Where We Find Ourselves: Jewish Women around the World Write about Home edited by Miriam Ben-Yoseph and Deborah Nodler Rosen (SUNY Press, $19.95) is a powerful collection of stories, poems,... Read more »
As a poet and a mother to a young child, I’m always looking to read the works of other “poet-moms.” So I was thrilled to delve into Erika Meitner’s second... Read more »
How do you learn to live with the ongoing medical, emotional and logistical demands of caring for a chronically ill child? Naomi Levy, author of Hope Will Find You: My... Read more »
What do we talk about when we talk about things? Three volumes published this year offer compelling evidence that the study of objects is undergoing something of a renaissance within... Read more »
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden (Vertigo, $24.99) is a travel memoir by a skeptical cartoonist. The author explains her project as follows: “Before... Read more »
As I begin this review, my younger sister is exactly three weeks from the due date for her second child, who will be the younger sister of my two-year-old niece.... Read more »
As I read two extraordinary new memoirs, At Home with Andre and Simone Weil, by Sylvie Weil, translated by Benjamin Ivry (Northwestern University Press, $24.95) and An Exclusive Love, by... Read more »
The Cosmopolitans (Livingston Press, $17.95), a debut novel from Nadia Kalman, is an engaging look at the Russian immigrant experience in America through a complex family story — something of... Read more »
The legions of writers who appropriate in any way any part of the Anne Frank story (full disclosure: I am one of them) face a dilemma. As Anne retreats into... Read more »
One of the critical pieces of evidence Peggy Orenstein unearths in her new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture (Harper Collins;... Read more »
A Jew by choice chooses one ritual in particular: the mezuzah.
Taking up the tradition of truth-telling in Yiddish music, we hear the dark stories in those familiar tunes.
Mick Jagger famously sang, “you can’t always get what you want,” and then consoled us by adding that, sometimes, “you get what you need.” But in a long-distant summer of... Read more »
In the early years of second-wave feminism, some activists thumbed their noses at Vogue, Seventh Avenue, and their mother’s closets. Liberated women wore their disdain for fashion as a badge... Read more »
This year we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Naomi Wolf ’s The Beauty Myth. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I read it, but it had to... Read more »
Fashion is a completely delightful obsession for my cohort of 20-something women. It’s an in-your-face reclamation of the joy of clothes, putting the femme in feminism, so to speak. We... Read more »
Making a shiddukh between Jewish meaning and eco-politics. Why? And how to?
Kathryn Harrison talks with Yona Zeldis McDonough about The Kiss.
When my grandparents came to Palestine from Berlin in 1933, they settled in the new white city of Tel Aviv. Many German refugees came in the 30s, bringing to this infant... Read more »
In Brooklyn there is a rabbi who will study with you.His office is lined with books, floor to ceiling andWall to wall, hieroglyphics on the spines, a scrim ofDust motes... Read more »
The death of Debbie Friedman on January 9, at the age of 59, came as a shock to her legions of fans; few knew that the singer-songwriter who modernized Jewish... Read more »
A recent gathering in New Jersey honored marriages born out of loss. Holocaust survivor Gina Lanceter was staying in an abandoned synagogue in Poland when she met her husband; she... Read more »
My grandmother, in an inverse situation from many women today who have no choice but to work, had little choice but to stay at home and raise her children. Her... Read more »
“Domestic arts” was the pejorative term used for centuries. It relegated to the home the creativity of endless generations of women artists excluded from professional and academic training. In 1972,... Read more »
Risa Simon, Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, fluent in Hebrew and Arabic, is an intelligence officer now serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. She’s also, as it happens, a Lilith subscriber.... Read more »
Anita, an Argentinean film directed by Marcos Carnevale, begins with an everyday ritual that tells us about the loving, caring relationship between Dora (Norma Aleandro) and Anita (Alejandra Manzo), her... Read more »
In 2004, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly released a study, “Gender Variation in the Careers of Conservative Rabbis: A Survey of Rabbis Ordained Since 1985.” RA Executive VP Rabbi Julie... Read more »
I did an about face this month. I decided to stop believing in PMS. PMS and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder weren’t actually included in the DSM until some time in the... Read more »
In January, Israel’s high court abolished the so-called “black buses,” the Egged public buses used by the ultra-Orthodox, men in front, women in back. But Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)... Read more »
In the touristy areas of the French Quarter, which was relatively unscathed by Katrina, New Orleans streets are full of buskers. By the dozens, these street performers enact all kinds... Read more »