A writer falls in love with her mother.
A writer falls in love with her mother.
To Your Health How common is hereditary breast cancer? Are Ashkenazic women more likely to inherit alterations of the BRCA genes than women of other ethnic groups? Can a woman’s genetic information be used by insurance companies or employers to discriminate against her? These are among the questions discussed in “Understanding the Genetics of Breast Cancer... Read more »
I have got your letters, husband,Every one. You say Come back.The garden hums. Lie beneath meAnd the sun will turn us both to gold. You send me blossoms, fruit.And the threats you do not sign, carvedInto the bark of trees. I am not afraid.When your Father’s angels tried to drown me,Mother’s liquid arms raised me... Read more »
This collection of new studies on women and Yiddish originated from a highly successful 1995 Di Froyen: Women and Yiddish conference. Spanning a wide variety of topics, the contributors reinforce the idea that women had a formative impact on Yiddish culture. In her keynote address, author and self-described “secular Jewish activist” Irena Klepfisz uses the biography of... Read more »
Francine Klagsbrun’s latest work, Jewish Days: A Book of Jewish Life and Culture Around the Year (illustrated by Mark Podwal; Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1996) inserts into the rhythm of the Jewish months explanations of Rosh Hodesh (the celebration of the New Moon, traditionally a women’s holiday), historical events often omitted from the Jewish calendars... Read more »
What we learned from the Moosewood, and how Mollie Katzen’s cooking enchanted a whole generation. This Fall she’ll bring us a new vegetarian cookbook.
my friend said, grinning, embarrassed,bringing the word up from childhood,when I said, “No one at our meetings is Jewish.”Shicker: a drunk, the drunk, is a good translation,but the sh of shame and shush,the parody of a drunk’s slurred speechmakes shicker meaner. And the ker is like growlingAnd then my husband remembered Uncle Williewho died of... Read more »
Many of us complain about being harried and exhausted but is the truth really that we are terrified of “stopping the world and getting off? Are we afraid of Shabbat? Are we afraid of discovering, in cessation, that we’re depressed? Does our sense of purpose come solely from our accomplishments? The theologian Abraham Heschel, of... Read more »
How Supermom reinvents the day of rest; plus—-clues for how to slow down, from Susan Schnur.
Amidst the garbage, litter and tourist detritus on the holy mountain, one hiker uncovers an Eleventh Commandment: Respect the Earth. And Malka Drucker offers us one more.
Check your labels! Almost a century after the notorious Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire brought to light the dismal reality of sweatshops, we’re still wearing clothing made under inhumane conditions—only we often don’t realize why.
How to throw a different kind of Jewish wedding shower. Clip and save this for the next time you’re a bridesmaid!
Returning to Auschwitz, a Holocaust survivor finds her way back to a confluence of love and desire.
Single Sex Schools I was disappointed with the last line of the article: “Sex Segregated Schools—How Good Are They for Girls?” [Spring 1997] “The first step will be understanding that baking challah has no place in a discussion of the education of girls.” With the current questions in our society regarding latch-key kids, and my own research into the... Read more »
So you want I should tell you some stories?” Thus begins a visit to “Bubbe’s Back Porch” (http://www.bubbe.com), a Web site created by artist and writer Abbe Don to celebrate that most precious of Jewish treasures, the bubbe. She is my bubbe, your bubbe, our bubbe, sitting in her kitchen while the soup simmers and... Read more »
A group of enthusiastic students, including former LILITH intern Sara Meirowitz, created a national student conference on Jewish women’s issues at Yale University this past spring. Student organizer Claire Sufrin, sends in this report: The First National Student Conference on Women and Judaism, held for four days at Yale University this spring, was just that:... Read more »
Women of all shades, disciplines and universities were drawn this spring to Brandeis University to investigate “Skin Trade: Women, Complexion and Caste,” a conference investigating the intersection of class, race and gender. This many-layered project was put together and in large part funded by one passionate undergraduate, Jhana Howell, who is majoring in African and... Read more »
The American West has always been pioneering country. And it was so again as the Western Jewish Studies Association conferred its imprint of legitimacy on Jewish women’s studies by devoting its third annual conference entirely to this mushrooming field. While universities throughout the country are producing Jewish feminist scholarship, few places receive these studies with... Read more »
Judith Plaskow, long-time activist and professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, is probably best known for her book Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism From a Feminist Perspective, which formulated a radically new Jewish feminist theology. Here Plaskow reflects on the emergence of Orthodox women’s feminist activism. The atmosphere at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 16 and... Read more »
The embattled town is Winona, Texas, home to some 457 people, mostly poor, black farmers, where poisoned air and ground water are accused of causing serious illness to its citizens. The company suspected is the American Ecology Environmental Services Corporation, which—its name notwithstanding—disposes of low-level radioactive and hazardous waste for some of the largest corporations... Read more »
This issue is the fourth of LILITH’s twentieth anniversary quartet. Note the fresh new design we’ve created to mark this milestone, and share our delight in welcoming our new advertisers, among them The Body Shop, whose founder Anita Roddick telephoned from England to say how much she enjoys LILITH. But subscriptions and advertising cover only about a third... Read more »