Summer 1994

Lilith discusses the new minority: Jews who choose to be romantically involved with other Jews.  How a woman found a community and her identity at a Jewish socialist summer camp.

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Nazi Daughter: A Monologue

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In the startling format of a stage monologue—-suitable for auditions, we imagine—-a brief, chilling recollection of growing up with a Nazi father.

The Strength of Tamar

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Catch up with a Biblical story that’s not so familiar to most of us. The desert has its ways, and Tamar her desires, and a feminist retelling its satisfaction. This tale, which we rarely read in Hebrew school, or examine as adults, involves a goat, a ring, a deception, and the victory of a smart woman determined to follow her own instincts.

Wearing My Jewish Star

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When Seventh Avenue puts crucifixes on runway models, and catechism beads and crosses become a fashion statement, what does it mean for a Jewish woman to wear a Star of David around her neck? Our author comes out of the jewelry box only on certain occasions, and she tells when—and why.
In a related story, a young Jewish lesbian—-H. Hadar--explores her own motivations for wearing identifying jewelry, and tells why she can’t (yet) wear her Jewish star/pink triangle earrings to work.

Thru a Feminist Lens: Joan Roth Photographs a World of Jewish Women

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Here’s the story (make that stories, plural) of Joan Roth, fearless feminist photojournalist. Roth has gone everywhere, dangerous and exciting—-usually alone—-to bring back the photographs and the life stories of Jewish women in Yemen, Ethiopia, Morocco, India and elsewhere. For LILITH she renders here a startling set of portraits of Jewish women in Romania, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Buchara, including a witch who cures headaches, a caterer with an axe for a cleaver, and Seidy Gluck the aging Yiddish theater star.

Judy Chicago’s Holocaust Project

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She has moved from the lushness and intimacy of "The Dinner Party" to quite different imagery in her new "Holocaust Project" (soon to appear at a museum near you). Felman tells us about Chicago’s process—-using the collective talents of women across the country, often under recognized—-and the product which, even with its horrific subject matter, may not, Felman suggests, be harsh enough.

The Women Speak

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Dana Katz, 24, head resident at Smith College; currently with a Jewish boyfriend. I’ve had Jewish and non- Jewish boyfriends, though now I’m dating Danny, a Jew, very seriously. I used to think, “It’s not that something is MISSING with a non- Jew—ifs that something is ADDED with a Jew.” But now, for the record, I... Read more »

Jews Who Choose Jews

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Only 48% of Jews under 40 will marry Jews, the demographers tell us. Who are these Jews who choose Jews? Read the first-person accounts of the lives and times of eight Jewish women who are—-or who want to be—-romantically involved with other Jews. Their comments are personal, often funny, sometimes wrenchingly poignant. And an added attraction: Some Jewish questions to ask yourself before you fall in love. (Save the list for a friend if you’ve done your falling in love.)

Capitalist Day

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Tova is a working class Jewish lesbian who writes poetry, fiction and essays, she is on the editorial collective of bridges, a journal for Jewish feminists and their friends

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