Lilith FeatureIn Pursuit of Motherhood
Infertility, Adoption and . . .
In pursuit of motherhood: infertility, new technologies and ethical adoption. Readers respond to allegations of Shlomo Carlebach’s sexual misconduct. “Lilith,” the opera.Table of contents Get the issue
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Tzedaka Kol Ha-Isha (The Women’s Voice) is a feminist center founded in Jerusalem in 1994 as a resource and referral center for women’s immediate and long-term social, legal and emotional needs.... Read more »
Persian Bridesby Dorit RabinyanGeorge Braziller, Inc., $22.50 Flora is a cursed woman. At 15, the once beautiful girl already has been married to a dishonest, itinerant cloth-salesman who “left her... Read more »
The Secret Book of Dona Graziaby Jacqueline ParkSimon & Schuster, $25 The eponymous hero of this detailed, absorbing Italian Renaissance novel fights her grandmother to learn Jewish texts alongside her... Read more »
Never Let Me Down: A Memoirby Susan J. MillerHenry Holt and Company, $22.50 When Susan J. Miller’s mother spoke at a conference of the National Organization for Women, she described... Read more »
The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girlsby Joan Jacobs BrumbergRandom House, $25 The Spice Girls may have a scholarly ally in their call for a new “Girl Power.” In... Read more »
Unopened LettersPoems by Linda ZisquitThe Sheep Meadow Press, $12.95 Wild Lightby Yona Wallach, translated by Linda ZisquitThe Sheep Meadow Press, $12.95 Every spring the American-born poet Linda Zisquit teaches journal... Read more »
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... Read more »
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.... Read more »
Susan Martha Kahn on pronatalism in Israel and why right-wing Orthodox rabbis have figured out how to make surrogate motherhood kosher.
Michele Kriegman sets forth new guidelines for how to adopt ethically.
Diane Cole asks, "Who’s the real mother?" and transforms Solomon’s divisive tale into one of healing.
How infertile women deal
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... Read more »
Readers on allegations of Shlomo Carlebach’s sexual misconduct.
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... Read more »
“Prayer is an absurd act,” explained Rabbi Haskell Lookstein, quoting Rav Soloveitchik. “It makes no sense that a small finite person is addressing the infinite,” he said to 2,000 participants... Read more »
From time to time, LILITH lets readers know of recent academic work of particular interest to Jewish feminists. Charlotte Fonrobert, “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Blood: On the Politics of Gender in... Read more »
As Pnina Rosenblum, one of Israel’s most talked about celebrities makes her bid for a seat in the Knesset, Israeli feminists have faced a conflict: should they endorse the cosmetics... Read more »
The Harvard Mental Health Letter reports that a community survey in Los Angeles and New Haven finds a high rate of mood disorders and a low rate of alcoholism among... Read more »
“Chava,” from Portland, Oregon, reports that her husband demanded $5 million dollars in exchange for a get. “Yetta” from Spring Valley, New York, says she was given her official document... Read more »
Women are being asked to donate bras for the creation of a 40×100 foot tapestry of the Statue of Liberty that will be presented to President Bill Clinton in the... Read more »
Nearly 10 years ago, Naomi Berman-Potash was working in the sales department of a hotel when she read a newspaper article detailing how victims of domestic abuse were being turned... Read more »
Jewish women perceive themselves as “well-educated, intelligent, very giving and supportive of others.” In contrast, here are some other findings in a soon-to-be-released report from L.A. on how we’re doing... Read more »
This season we mourn the passing of Bella Abzug (1920-1998), Congresswoman, candidate for U.S. Senate and Mayor of New York City, creator of WEDO, an organization devoted to putting women on... Read more »