The power of making art in a dangerous time.
The power of making art in a dangerous time.
The aftershocks from a summer job.
The emBODYment of Jewish Femininity “I didn’t like me. A huge part of my healing was learning to be compassionate with myself, and kind to my body, to know that it is a home for my soul, and not an envelope for pain,” says Yali, 31, one of the women featured in an exhibition of the photographs of... Read more »
In 1960 domestic violence was a family problem, not a crime. We are not going back. In 1960 women could not obtain a safe and legal abortion. Hundreds died from back alley abortions. One of them was my neighbor. We are not going back. In 1960 women made up less than 1% of medical and... Read more »
A protein [Joanna Slusky] designed appears to be one of the most promising responses yet to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It’s a scourge that infects two million Americans each year—more than 23,000 fatally… Slusky said it is science that gives her that sense of awe—whether it’s teaching informally among the students and researchers... Read more »
As that day in court approached, I focused on what to wear. Did I go for the elegant suit—“I am accomplished”—statement? The casual—“I don’t care about you any more”—capris or shorts? In the end, I chose a sleeveless, bold blue dress and added pearls and lipstick. I picked my ensemble with more challenge than anticipated.... Read more »
When Helena Weinrauch was 88, she found a leaflet promising a free dance lesson followed by a party. Four years later, Weinrauch has become a Dancing Angel, a title given to her by the Manhattan Ballroom Society, and spends five hours a week doing the Fox Trot, Merengue, Samba and Tango. “When I dance I... Read more »
“Women’s humor often deals with the incongruities and inequities of a world based on gender distinctions. When women use humor to express and laugh at their visions of the world, they cannot help but challenge the social structures that keep women from positions of power….for women merely to take the mike as comic performers upsets... Read more »
In 1988, then-President Ronald Reagan charged Surgeon General C. Everett Koop with the task of creating a report declaring a link between abortions and decreased mental health quality. Koop didn’t deliver on the study; instead, in 1989, he sent Reagan a let- ter which stated that “the available scientific evidence about the psychological sequelae of... Read more »
In the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, my ancestors offered animal sacrifices to God. That ritual was both an assertion that life is the most profound thing that we can give over and a statement that we could not — should not — offer our own lives…. Sacrificing an animal was not the same as giving... Read more »
Preparing food for her family from age 7, the Obamas’ seder chef could have rebelled. Instead, Barocas chose to love kitchen tasks and traditions—Sephardi and Askenazi alike. Bonus: that White House haroset balls recipe.
Today [Abby] Stein wears a triangle charm necklace. Two corners bear symbols for male and female, while the third indicates transgender. She is dating a woman. And she is on a waiting list for sexual reassignment surgery. At Columbia she’s majoring in political science, and women’s and gender studies. She teaches Hebrew school at Romemu... Read more »
Born to two Jewish parents, I have enjoyed the privilege of engaging with Judaism in whatever way I see fit. It wasn’t until I took a non-Jewish surname that my Jewish identity was ever truly questioned. Americans, not just Jews, from mixed religious backgrounds, are more likely to adopt their mother’s religion — 48 percent... Read more »
“Traditional interpretations all make Lilith a villain… Best case, she is portrayed as selfishly trading her femininity for freedom. I chose to tell a story in which the heroine saved herself by refusing to sacrifice her humanity to another.”
In her immersive digital installation dedicated to future generations, iconoclastic feminist artist Helène Aylon challenges those who hold the Ten Commandments in high esteem. She wants viewers to see what she sees: a dark foreboding emanating from the patriarchy, not from God. Her scrutiny of the revered text of the Third Commandment is her quiet... Read more »
How can sex be better in the morning? Why stick your neck out? What’s the secret appeal of dollhouses? Just ask.
In her newest book, Transitions: Close Up (Mosaic Press, $19.99) translated by Maya Klein, Yael Dayan sadly reflects— without illusions or bitterness—on her own life, her famous family, and the State of Israel. The memoir is largely about her disappointments, losses, loneliness and regrets. Throughout the book, Dayan switches between first and second persons. Perhaps... Read more »
Of course, you’ve heard of the “difficult woman:” Lilith was the first. Today, you see her on television, in the Senate, in class, at home with her kids, pacing the streets at night. You have raised and been raised by her, and you probably embody her yourself. She opposes the rigid, patriarchal box she is... Read more »
For so many who’ve had a sibling die young, memories stifled by the family’s silence never get released.
Dark times (like having a President who apparently doesn’t read much, if at all) call for bright and brilliant books. To that end, we offer you a curated list of classic and recent titles to give you solace and hope, on one hand, and to get you riled up and ready to take action on... Read more »
The new book by Avivah Zornberg, Moses: A Human Life, though presented as a “biography” (it appears in Yale University Press’ series on “Jewish Lives,” the other volumes in which are, in fact, biographies), is not really a biography. Zornberg herself says that writing a “biography of Moses” is impossible, and recounts her own hesitation in writing... Read more »
When she is just a young girl, Gittel, the heroine of Trail of Miracles by Smadar Herzfeld (Amazon Crossing, $10.77), sets out with her little brother to reach Jerusalem. They walk from their home- town in the Ukraine past rivers, fields, and apple trees, until they are startled by a goose and taken in by... Read more »
After the Women’s Marches that followed the Trump inauguration, Lilith asked 12 battle-tested feminists: What do we do now?
“I wrote about my own violent rape in defiance against victim-blaming.” Freedman’s memoir, One Hour in Paris: A Story of Rape and Recovery, has Canada confronting sexual violence.
“I thought we were working on our relationship.”
The history of silence is central to women’s history.
The husband sits on the curb of a wide, four-laned San Francisco boulevard. The air is crisp but he wears no jacket, no socks. His old slippers, the leather scuffed colorless, splay out in front of him, half off his feet. He’s still holding his cell phone. He’s called his wife. She arrives in minutes.... Read more »
From the very start, Lilith positioned itself at the place where feminism and Jewish life intersect, where the x and the y axes—the abscissa and the ordinate of our identity—meet. (Or is it the Scylla and the Charybdis?) In 1994, for Lilith’s 18th anniversary issue, I outlined the magazine’s origin story: “While our Jewish backgrounds... Read more »