New books for, by and about girls.
New books for, by and about girls.
In the company of women of many colors, Jewish women bravely stand and recount their own oppression.
Writing Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Generation of Jewish Feminism. How does your identity as a Jew mesh with your identity as a feminist, as a “biker chick/vegan/aging raver/geek/tattoo artist/whatever?” If it includes religion, what does that religion look like? How do those born after 1965—who grew up while ’70s-era Jewish feminists were ordaining women rabbis and... Read more »
Television, History and American Culture: Feminist Critical Essaysedited by Mary Beth Haralovich and Lauren RabinovitzDuke University Press, $17.95 The pseudo-feminist hit “Ally McBeal” frequently features a feminist sociologist expert witness, much like the writers of these essays. The editors, founders of an annual conference on “Television, Video and Feminism: Console-ing Passions,” argue for television’s power... Read more »
Generation Jby Lisa SchiffmanHarperSanFrancisco, $18, $14 paper There is great distance between the hype surrounding this book—bound to revive with its paperback publication this summer—and what it actually is. The publisher’s sycophantic marketing claims that Lisa Schiffman’s personal discovery of Judaism speaks for 30 years’ worth of Jewish American experience. The cover reads, “Call us... Read more »
Carnival Eveningby Linda PastanW.W. Norton & Company, $15 In Carnival Evening, a collection of new and old poems, Linda Pastan circles through several themes. Eve, the Garden of Eden, and death appear repeatedly, as do reflections on motherhood, nature, and the Bronx of Pastan’s childhood—all topics that she addresses with a gentle reverence. The collection... Read more »
Harvest: Collected Poems and Prayersby Ruth F. BrinHoly Cow! Press, $16.95, paper If this poet’s name is familiar to you, it’s because Ruth Brin’s liturgical writings appear frequently in Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist prayerbooks. This collection of some 200 poems and prayers is divided into five sections, each named for agricultural crops with Jewish significance.... Read more »
The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems with a Jewish Themeby Marge PiercyKnopf, $23 Early GrrrI: The Early Poems of Marge PiercyLeapfrog Press, $15 Fans of Marge Piercy, newly installed as LILITH’s poetry editor, are accustomed to waiting two years between her books. We have a pleasant surprise with these collections, published in the same... Read more »
Jewish Mothers: Strength, Wisdom, Compassioninterviews by Paula Ethel Wolfson, photographs by Lloyd Wolf, forward by Anne RoipheChronicle Books, $29.95 Jewish Mothers Tell Their Storiesedited by Rachel Josefowitz Siegel, MSW, Ellen Cole, Ph.D. and Susan Steinberg-Oren, Ph.D.Haworth Press, $59.95, $24.95 paper Two spellbinding new books demonstrate once again the extraordinary range of women encompassed by the... Read more »
The Last Good Freudianby Brenda WebsterHolmes and Meier, $24.95 “I was born and brought up to be in psychoanalysis and, as a result, much of my adult life was spent on the couch,” begins The Last Good Freudian, Brenda Webster’s absorbing and deftly written memoir, intriguing as much for its blind spots as for its insights. Her... Read more »
Last year I attended a class at a yeshiva in a very observant section of Jerusalem. As a married woman, I wore a hat out of respect for the community’s observance. After the class, while waiting several blocks away at a bus stop, I took the hat off. Two male yeshiva students sitting nearby almost passed... Read more »
Problems (including an arrogant Israeli policeman) for a devout American woman who wants to cover her head while she prays plus an innovative solution to the headcovering dilemma by Jamie Hackel Hyams.
An uncommon roundup of teen girls’ youth organizations, local programs, websites and mags.
Why is this woman, who turned away from her people in 1940s Europe, inspiring our interest now? Simone de Beauvoir has some ideas….
Just before college graduation, we decided to bury the history of our shared senior year. The two of us and our other five housemates borrowed a neighbor’s shovel and held our secret ceremony in the darkness of a midsummer’s night, sealing into a giant Tupperware container once filled with grandma-baked cookies 200 pages documenting our friendship.... Read more »
In July 1974. after a long afternoon with my friend Barbara Myerhoff, the anthropologist best known for the renowned Number Our Days, I left for a summer in England. Barbara, realizing she was ill, gathered up the pages of a novel I had just finished writing and went into the hospital. Barbara was 39; I was 40. The... Read more »
Friendship as survival
I.B. Singer, in some book of his, says, unforgettably, “No one gets through life unscathed,” and as we get older, the truth of this sentiment becomes more and more excruciatingly immediate. One of us has been diagnosed with a chronic illness, another’s teenage son is in a terrible car accident, a third deals with a... Read more »
You may think "Dr. Laura" is just talk-radio static, but with her on-air anti-feminist, gay-bashing and anti-abortion advice, she is promoting the agenda of the Christian Right.
Something old, something new? Readers respond to wedding innovations with enthusiasm, creativity and outrage.
It’s not often that fundraising luncheons for American Jewish organizations erupt in song and dance. And it’s certainly rare to hear an honoree break out in Arabic song. These did take place at an unusually moving event in New York on behalf of US/Israel Women-to-Women, an American organization that funds feminist causes in Israel. The... Read more »
In April, a London court found historian Deborah Lipstadt “not guilty” of libel for calling the infamous David Irving a Holocaust denier in her book Denying the Holocaust. Because of the peculiarity of English libel law, Lipstadt needed to prove that Irving knowingly denied facts about the Holocaust that he knew to be true. She... Read more »
Daring to Resist, by Martha Lubell and Barbara Attie, is a captivating documentary about three young women who survived and helped others survive during the Holocaust. Narrated by actress Janeane Garafalo, the film tells of the lives of Barbara, a ballerina who worked for the underground in Holland; Shulamit, a Hungarian Zionist who escaped every evil;... Read more »
On the Shabbat that falls during Passover, something magical happens at Temple Sholom. Grandchildren invite their grandparents to join them for the congregation’s Friday evening service. Grandparents’ Shabbat, a program of the congregation’s Jewish Family Matters project, draws a packed house every year. The service follows the Friday night liturgy, with enthusiastic singing, especially of... Read more »
“I was really not looking forward to doing this, and I was really uncomfortable at the beginning. But now, I don’t want to go home.” Who would have predicted a response so positive from a high schooler who’d just danced with a wheelchair-bound senior at an “intergenerational prom” at a nursing home? The Matza Ball has been conducted... Read more »
Twenty-five years ago, I sat with a somewhat different cast of characters around the editorial table as we brought out LILITH’s first issue. The date on that issue was Fall 1976, so our anniversary celebration will begin officially in 2001, but I can’t let the season pass without rejoicing a little with you over this milestone.... Read more »