Summer 1992

Documents from the Spanish Inquisition bring life to a Jewish woman. The "Red-Diaper Daughter" of a Marxist-Jewish family feels alienated from her Jewish community. Gender equality in Orthodox Judaism.

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The Back of Men’s Heads

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A Kurdish boy's Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall brings an intimacy of strangers, and what feels like a blessing from the grave.

Myself Surprised at Becoming a Jewish Vegetarian

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If, as the author posits, in Judaism the sensual precedes the intellectual, how do you give up Bubbie’s delicious brisket for tofu?

Hot Springs Mikveh

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Two Jews-by-choice and their funky feminist rabbi pack hiking shoes and a bracha for a dip in the hot springs of the Pacific Northwest.

RU-486

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This is the other fight for abortion rights. The abortifacient drug that has been lurking at the periphery of our consciousness is being kept out of the U.S. by those who don’t much like Jews or women.

Legajoo 162: The Rediscovered Case of Isabel Lopez, Burned at the Stake November 30, 1518

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New documents from medieval Spain bring to life a Spanish-Jewish woman who could have been us—-had we lived 500 years ago. Homely but incriminating testimonies from Isabel Lopez’s housemaids make the Inquisition painfully real. Plus...how Isabel Lopez’s relationship to Catholicism makes Wise ponder her own conversion to Judaism.

Feminism Within Orthodoxy

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Is feminism possible within Orthodoxy, or is it oxymoronic? Greenberg, in this state-of-the Union message, defies both right and left, and insists—-through an accretion of radical anecdote—-that women are launching Orthodox Judaism inexorably into gender equality.

Red – Diaper Daughter

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Growing up in a Jewish-Marxist family in the frightened ‘50s, the author feels alien in white-bread America—-and estranged from rye-bread America, too.

Letters

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I was enjoying reading Guarding The Garden: An Eco-Feminist Play [Spring 1992] until I got to the part where Lilith says: “Men are pigs!” This statement nullifies any claim to eco-feminist analysis. Eco-feminism views all beings as intrinsically worthy and deserving of respect. Calling men pigs presupposes the unworthiness of pigs. by BATYA BAUMAN, New... Read more »

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