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“My Children Are Disappeared:” an Argentine mother’s nightmare. A feminist rabbi reclaims mikveh and proposes and non-Orthodox revival. Why Jewish women get raped, and how to stop it.

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A Reconstruction


When I came back, one year later,the furniture was gone. Every roombare. Neighbors were no longer friends.They could not ask me in to verifythe rumors: in the parlor of #47, in#30’s bedroom closet, on the secondshelf in #60 attic I would find my mother’s wedding dress,combs, candlesticks, the silver broochshe wore to synagogue, the towelsshe... Read more »

A Jew Walks


A Jew walks in New York (God, I love this city!) just like he owns the place. After two thousand years of longing We choose Babylon. Children have been learning to read from Wenkart’s books for 25 years, while she raised her family and earned her Ph.D. in Cambridge. Now back in New York, she is translating... Read more »

The Holocaust Revision – II


I will bring my coffee, I willbring my book and we willtalk at a small table inour favorite restaurant inthis town where we live andwhere our families lived andwe will be like the branches ofa great tree that has beenallowed to grow withoutinterruption and if you couldsee inside us you would seethe rings of growth... Read more »

The Holocaust Revision – I


Here is the story of life without interruption in which my parents marry and have a son, my older brother, and my father’s business thrives and I am born into prosperity and happiness and by the age of three am enamored of cafes and the talk of relatives and have a jeeling for parks and... Read more »

Domestic Dinner


1.We cook for the party as the radio dronesReports from Tyre and melancholy patrioticsongs“The sadder the music, the more dead” we knowFrom experience. Last year a building collapsed”Before that was the war and unending lists offunerals “I knew the truck was loaded with explosivesWhen it turned the corner.We don’t have chevrolets,Don’t enter the stockadeAt that... Read more »

Jewish Divorce


There are only three things you need to know about a Jewish divorce. One. This is the real divorce,even if your husband doesn’t believe itand your friends never heard of it. Two. This is the real divorce,even if your mother made you do it. Three. The civil divorce was irrelevant to God. The rest you... Read more »

My Father’s Death


Avrom Abba ben Sholom David, of blessed memory 1. After the Shiva* at the Metropolitan Museum Sitting across from Degas’“Woman with Chrysanthemums,”spillage of bloom in the center,on the right, her blase eyeover scanning the wooden horizon:Is there a garden there, someone waiting? In the next roompeople coming, leaving (excessof inscrutable motion, excessof distraction} pass betweenyou... Read more »



What happens to her mother when the grown-up daughter of a Holocaust survivor tries to lead her life as an independent adult woman.

‘My Children Are Disappeared’


The story of Renee Epelbaum. As one of the "Madres" of Argentina, she is a key figure in the mothers’ movement to discover the fate of the 30,000 persons (about 3,000 of them Jews) abducted by the security forces during the 1976-83 reign of terror and still missing. Epelbaum tells here how her three children were seized, and of her largely unsuccessful attempts to mobilize Jewish community leaders in Argentina and the United States; some did support action on behalf of the "disappeared," while most counseled silence and accommodation as the junta tortured and murdered.

Take Back the Waters


A reform rabbi describes her own mikvah experience, and proposes a revival of interest among non-Orthodox women in this ancient Jewish women’s ritual of immersion, the traditional preface to sexual intercourse after menstruation.

Lines of Communication


Dear LILITH:Regarding your article on “Power Plays” (#14): while it is true that the women’s affiliate of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, has its own Board of Trustees (all women of course), the main Board — the UAHC Boad of Trustees — is not as stated, a “men’s... Read more »

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