A Pledge of sweet partnering
Sexism in science. The invigorating last days of Miami’s Lido Spa. A new contract actually celebrates your Jewish marriage. Healing after terror. Lilith’s fiction contest winner.
A Pledge of sweet partnering
Since Eve, women have been spiritual seekers. Some are now pathfinders as well.
A 26-year-old rabbinical student faces the facts. She's young. She's inexperienced. She can't figure out how to dress the part. But she's gotta be the Rabbi (that's with a capital "R") anyway.
RESPONSES TO VIOLENCE The Awareness Center addresses sexual abuse in Jewish communities around the world. It provides the Jewish community, rabbis and other authority figures, and the news media with information... Read more »
Arthur Hertzberg’s memories are a fascinating read. During his 80 years in America he grows from a very poor son of immigrants in Baltimore to become a Conservative rabbi, a... Read more »
For Balfour Brickner, gardening is a serious avocation. His gardening provides the metaphoric trellis work on which to develop his convictions on philosophical and social issues. Particularly in the garden,... Read more »
Grace Brookman is in trouble. Her husband, Laz, has disappeared. This behavior is not without precedent; there have been other times that Laz has vanished. But never for this long.... Read more »
That the 21st century has brought increased disdain for things Jewish is a disturbing fact, and Chesler’s latest book systematically catalogs a nauseating array of hate crimes throughout the world. Chesler... Read more »
Most Jewish women in the United States have come a long way from the screened-off balconies that were standard features of traditional synagogues. Chronicling the growing participation of women in American synagogue... Read more »
What makes this book about eating disorders fascinating and different is Rabinor’s chronicle of how, when a therapist enters the dynamic with the patient, both lives become enriched. Creating an empathetic relationship... Read more »
In a spate of recent novels, Jewish women writing from all around the Diaspora present points of view their North American Jewish sisters will find exotic, yet familiar. In The Walled City,... Read more »
Senior rabbi of Temple Emanuel, the Beverly Hills Reform congregation, the first woman rabbi to hold such a position in a major metropolitan city. Rabbi Laura Geller did not ascend to the position... Read more »
I’m a nice Jewish girl who grew up to be a Witch,” says Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance and other books. “My father was a Communist who died when I was... Read more »
Musician, songwriter and performer Debbie Friedman’s music has become part of the canon in a tradition that takes music seriously. Her music teaches the Hebrew alphabet, introduces overlooked women in the Bible,... Read more »
In the mid-1970s, Sylvia Boorstein, author of That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and Passionate Buddhist, was a practicing psychotherapist, wife, and mother of four children. Her... Read more »
Self-help instructions to stifle rage, terror and sadness deny us the chance to survive these feelings robustly. A psychotherapist hints at what we can garner from the gloom.
When we recite the Yizkor memorial service, we’re really paying attention to our own tiny, ephemeral moment in history.
On Friday nights Bubby drags three over-stuffed chairslike they were sacks of grain or sandacross the balding green carpet;she serves supper on Deputy Dawgand Yogi Bear folding tray tables. This... Read more »
If there’s a sound she remembers, it’s the creaking of the rope as she walked across the ramp of the ship floorboards of the entire floating slum the groaning of... Read more »
Winner of Lilith's fiction contest.
Five Dramatically Divergent Directions
We were girls, said my grandmother We went to the river with our laundry we beat it on the stones, washing it clean, and then we spread it on the... Read more »
Hook and eye, a girl is cut from a shirtwaist, sewn up at the lids and temples, pulled like thread through muslin through the workweek. The earliest children are caught... Read more »
Roth’s peripatetic camera invited us to share the fun of the seventy-, eighty-, and ninety-something women gathering in Miami for the last days of the Lido spa.
Scientist Esther Braun Sparberg on sexism in science, 50 years after Rosalind Franklin helped discover DNA.
7 AM at the Wall the men eddy and swirl,wearing their prayers on their sleeves.Angry old men with long beardsshout against the wallas if it were a donkeyblocking the road.... Read more »
Our friendships with other women not only make us feel good, but actually help us live longer, according to a UCLA study undertaken by six women scientists. Other findings: women... Read more »
Margo Bloom has been appointed director of the New 14th Street (Sol Goldman) YM-YWHA In New York. The “Y” is part of the Educational Alliance, the Jewish communal institution that... Read more »
Women of the Wall has suffered a setback. The Jerusalem-based feminist prayer group has been fighting Israel’s religious establishment for 14 years to earn their right to pray at the Western... Read more »
They call themselves Shebrews, and it’s the first group of its kind at the University of Pennsylvania: an unabashedly feminist organization for Jewish women. Penn has a few activities geared specifically... Read more »
A year ago, singer Elizabeth Schwartz was booked with her klezmer band. Hot Pstromi, for a gig at the Eldridge Street Synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Then organizers realized that she... Read more »
On March 1, 2003, Amber Reid became the first woman in her family to be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. Her journey to the bimah began in 1972, before... Read more »
You’ve got to feel a certain affectionate respect for Vanessa Hidary when she pours out her “Hebrew Mamita” at Russell Simon’s Def’ Poetry, I am on HBO. She’s out there, a multicultural Jewish... Read more »
Five years of intensive Torah study left Diane Bloomfield craving quiet space and movement. One night, she dreamed of three women dancing. “In the dream, I knew they were praying,” she says. “I... Read more »
A chessboard is a surprisingly feminist terrain. The queen reigns supreme, leading the battle to protect a relatively feeble king. But look to either side of the board, and men are... Read more »
It has been a season of powerful images. A human skull on the floor of an Iraqi prison. An American soldier kissed by a child in Baghdad. Women, faces and bodies... Read more »