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Summer 2009

Feminist funerals. “In Treatment” - gender messages in those TV therapy sessions...  Her father dies, and a daughter revisits his abandonment. Race and reconciliation: new fiction from Dara Horn and Jane Lazarre.

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How To Braid Challah

1st Place Winner of the Charlotte A. Newberger Poetry Contest

Lilith Feature

Stories of Race and Reconciliation

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Gringa Guilt and Housework

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Gringa Guilt and Housework

My Father’s Reckless Abandonment

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Incommunicado for decades, her writer dad surfaces in a death notice. What fleeing his first family did to the daughter he left behind.

Feminist Funerals

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Understanding the existential power of these ultimate rituals, visionary women are now taking control, engaging with traditional practices while creating new ways to mark this final lifecycle event. Baby namings for girls, egalitarian weddings and divorces — these you know. But what makes a good funeral? And why does it matter how you memorialize a woman? Rabbis, funeral directors and feminist icons weigh in on how to revise this ceremonial passage.

1919 At the Connecticut Shore

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Hannah Sokolov — a young Jewish wife and mother transplanted by her husband from Brooklyn — meets the Watermans, a black couple who labor in the local fish store; she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Samuel and, as a result, to Belle as well.

1862 In a Mississippi Saloon

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In the Civil War, Jews — Jewish women in particular— unexpectedly found themselves on both sides of the conflict.

Tailor To The King

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Exodus

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In Treatment

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What did you miss when you were glued to the TV watching two seasons of a male shrink and his challenging patients? Showalter gives you a gender lens through which to view this hit HBO series.

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