Spring/Summer 1977

Why the Jewish Theological Seminary won’t let women be Conservative rabbis. The truth about sex jokes and Jewish women. Divorce, Jewish style: a guide for the oppressed.

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How was this Passover Different from All Other Passovers

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Looking back on the Seders, most women remember cooking and serving. ("For this we came out of Egypt?") But a growing number of women have gone beyond merely enabling their men to conduct the Seder.

The Crippler

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In Kherson Russia we had The CripplerCataracts of despair in two rheumy cavernsHimself a crippled craftsmanWorking by the always burning yahrzeit candleHis tortuous hands now palsied and pained The trees of the forest surrounding usGuarding his wounded hutSilent sentries observing this patient line(That same line always repeatedMournful refrain through cry-filled centuriesAni Maamin Eli Eli) Mothers... Read more »

Crimes Against Woman in Israel

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The Israeli rabbinate has control over divorce-—and thus over the country’s women. Extortion by vindictive husbands whose wives want a divorce is but one of the abuses under this system.

Jewish Divorce Law

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Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.

Circumcision Is No Insurance

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Jewish women have had lower rates of cervical cancer than women in other ethnic groups. Myth has it that the reason is their circumcised partners. But research on cervical cancer shows that a woman’s sexual behavior is a far more important factor than her partner’s circumcision—and Jewish women’s sexual behavior is changing.

Gentlemen’s Agreement at the Seminary

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The men who make the decisions at the Jewish Theological Seminary keep turning away women who want to become Conservative rabbis. They say Conservative Judaism isn't ready for women in the pulpit, but women aspirants are determined to take the male mystique out of the Conservative rabbinate.

Beruriah: Her Word Became Law

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In the second century, when women were secluded, subordinated and subservient, one woman—-Beruriah—-gained a towering reputation as a scholar, teacher and arbiter of Jewish law. Read how she argued with wit and conviction against the prevailing attitudes towards her sex.

“In a coma! I thought she was Jewish!”

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There are countless jokes about how sexually "unresponsive" Jewish women supposedly are. Who’s laughing—and why?

Letters

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Dear Sisters, Mazeltov and toda raba [thanks]. Your (no, OUR) new publication is beautiful. When I finished reading the magazine —every morsel—I felt as if I’d been embraced. Reva M. Gross, Atlanta, Ga. Dear Editors: I’m very pleased to see that American Jewish women now have a magazine to explore issues of special concern to... Read more »

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