Summer 1998

In pursuit of motherhood: infertility, new technologies and ethical adoption. Readers respond to allegations of Shlomo Carlebach’s sexual misconduct. “Lilith,” the opera.

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In Pursuit of Motherhood

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Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist


On being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist 

Rose of the Mediterranean


Promises given are not to be taken lightly, my grandmother used to say, especially if they were made with great love, and I didn’t understand back then who made the promise and who keeps it. And she also said: You always have to remember to say thank you, even for a small plum branch. The words flow... Read more »

A Look, A Touch, And a Dip on the Dance Floor


It had been a long time since I’d met anyone promising in the romantic arena, and I’d pretty much retired the dreams I’d carried since childhood about marriage and children. I’d been settling instead for a sprinkling of dates, here and there, taking what I could get, almost forgetting that I ever wanted more. One... Read more »

Putting Jewish Wombs to Work


Susan Martha Kahn on pronatalism in Israel and why right-wing Orthodox rabbis have figured out how to make surrogate motherhood kosher.

Jewish Adoption


Michele Kriegman sets forth new guidelines for how to adopt ethically.

King Solomon’s Knife


Diane Cole asks, "Who’s the real mother?" and transforms Solomon’s divisive tale into one of healing.

Sarah’s Laugh


How infertile women deal

Holocaust Survivors Play Poker


Every week they assemble,     Hanka, Gusta, Mayer, Hala,and Sam, to test their luck again. Seared blue-vein numbers,in ragged formationline up across their arms. Five cards for everyone,select the ones to keep: pairs,any three or four of the same. They place their betson what they hold,or hope to hold. No one speaks, the air isshaved... Read more »

Sex, Power and Our Rabbis


Readers on allegations of Shlomo Carlebach’s sexual misconduct.

Look Who’s Haunting Glimmerglass


Lilith makes her debut in a new opera by Deborah Drattell.



Fondly, Faye As the old cliche goes; I have good news and bad news. First, the good news: my colleagues have nominated me to be chair of the English department of George Washington University. This is an amazing trajectory for me—from G.W. B.A. at 40 to tenured professor at 65 to department chair. I have... Read more »

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