Summer 2005

The JAP today: Revile her, or reclaim her? How Jewish do Jewish women feel when their partners aren’t? Second-generation Holocaust memories. In the Tangiers hammam baths.

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Messengers from a New Place

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Elaine Cohen and Steven P. Cohen celebrated the committment ceremony of their daughter Tamara. Here's how Elaine toasted the couple.

Philosophers with Wombs, Mothers without Housedresses

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In which the novelist and philosopher reveals who really makes her feel guilty.

The Shame of the Jap

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Miriam Stone argues that the image is a larger-than-life caricature, casting a shadow over women trying to walk the walk as activists for social change.

Severance Pay

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Alfalfa lost his one-city-block kingdom the day after my husband lost his job. Overnight, both of them turned into permanent fixtures on my striped living room couch. The couch before was floral, and the one before that, green. Every two years or so, after the boys had clawed the life out of a couch—forget scratching posts—we... Read more »

In the Hammam

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Back in Morocco, a first-time visit to the Muslim women's baths delivers Moroccan-born Azagury unexpected sightings of tender friendhsips (and terrors) that cross religious boundaries.

When (If Ever) Do We Relinquish Memory?

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The noted author of Lost in Translation explores the Shoah's legacy in the lives of the second generaiton. She speaks with Carolyn Slutsky on writing about memory and history.

Zegota

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Just the two of us in the chaosof ghetto round-ups. Zofia and Wanda,Wanda and Zofia, begging parentsfor the children, catching them as theywere thrown. Every day, we camehere for the children. Umshlagplatz.A quarter million deported, ripped out of the heart of Warsaw. We had manynames, changed as often where we slept.Veronika, they called me. Alicia,... Read more »

My Wife Prays

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She stands in a corner and sighs;Closing her eyes,My wife prays. I listen to the silenceAs her lips move without sound,As she sways Back and forth slightly. Her prayerTransforms this room with its radiance, its haloAnd its haze: A cave where pious scholars unravel secretsOf the hidden Torah; a lens through whichAngels gaze To ponder... Read more »

Still Jewish

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Plenty has changed since the last century; a new study looks at how Jewish Jewish women feel who choose partners who aren't. Plus...Eve Coulson on two books about interfaith marriage.

Forbidden

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Old wives say I keep the doctor away.Sunshine realized, I hang from the treelike a red monkey dangling possibilitieswithin your reach. Sleepwalk or wakeup. The choice is yours. Who is thisGod you fear so much? I offer everythingright on the tip of your tongue. Jane Ellen Ibur is a widely published poet who lives in... Read more »

Misery beyond the Mezzuzah

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin on violence in Jewish families

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