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Summer 2020

Now. Next.

Informed predictions for the uncertain future • Farewell to shopping • Growing up Persian • Vivian Gornick & Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz revisited • 1930s feminist fiction — in Yiddish! • Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives

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Lilith Feature

Shopping: A Eulogy

The old way of buying clothes holds nostalgic appeal, despite its history of exploitation.

Lilith Feature

Now. Next.

Lilith Feature

Vivian Gornick: “Writing is Feminism”

Why this recurring presence in American letters and feminist reporting is in the spotlight again.

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Fiction: “Do Not Punish Us”

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Chana Blankshteyn (1860?– 1939) is almost entirely forgotten now, but she was a well-known figure in Vilna between the two World Wars. She was an activist, committed to women’s causes and vocational training for women. As a publisher, editor, and journalist, Blankshteyn defended women’s rights to social, sexual, and political equality. She belonged to the... Read more »

“I Never Saw My Mother in a Clothing Store”

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The comedian channels her grandmother’s tale of family and footwear.

The “Us” and “Them” of My Life.

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My father stood upright on the floor of a dress factory on West 35th Street in New York City with a steam iron in his hand for thirty years. My uncles owned the factory. My father was Labor, my uncles were Capital. My father was a Socialist, my uncles were Zionists. Therefore, Labor was Socialism... Read more »

Acting Like a Jewish Woman

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Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz (1945–2018) forged her intellectual tools in feminist and civil rights communities during the 1960s and 1970s and used them throughout her life as an organizer, activist, and theorist addressing fundamental structural inequalities and the root causes of sexism, homophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism. Kaye/Kantrowitz adopted her last name during the 1980s as a part... Read more »

The Ethos of Rural Life Is Everyone’s Ethos Now

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In the years to come, more of us will be growing our own potatoes.

Link Food Supplies to Public Health

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How do we get political will? Advocate! Vote! Start now!

I Want Us to View Art Through a New Lens

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To be clear, I miss art. I miss being moved and confronted and stretched by artists and their work. But I don’t really miss the apparatus that surrounds it.

White Allies Need to Step Up. Now.

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As the CEO of a majority Jewish women of color led organization, I continue to learn how essential our work to expand racial equity in the world around us is to our very survival.

Quaranzines

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“Recall your worst haircut!” and “What’s the world calling you to do right now?” Art and writing prompts like these drew avid participants to Lilith’s recent Zoom-based zine-making events inspired by our pandemic-induced desire for a Jewish feminist space to combat isolation and alienation. ’Zines—highly personal and handmade—have a history as a kind of feminist... Read more »

We’re Going to Witness a Surge in the Current Health Inequality

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Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.

Abortion for Anyone Who Needs It

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Telemedicine options for many kinds of healthcare have spiked. Yet this has not been true for abortion.

Global Tzedakah: Save for a Rainy Day? This Is a Downpour!

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The Jewish community must take a lead in looking at all the systemic inequities that are being laid bare by the pandemic

Reproductive Justice Instead of “Jewish Continuity.”

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What would it mean to think about a Jewish future that does not revolve around Jewish women having Jewish babies?

Camp, Even When It’s Not Summer

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 The non-summer months could be filled with much more camp content in years to come. 

Comedy? You Bet!

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Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.

Labor Activism Has New Momentum

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Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.

Relative Privilege in a World of Suffering

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Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.

A Mirage of Hope for Israelis and Palestinians

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Life lessons from the mythological Lilith. Betty Friedan on her feminine mystique & being Jewish. Those thorny Jewish women's organizations.

Poem: “Playing Scrabble With God”

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Last Thursday God and I were playing Scrabble eating peanut brittle and listening to Joni Mitchell. I used all my letters w-h-i-s-t-l-e-s and I saw a side of God I’d never seen before. First he insisted that whistles has no ‘h’ which is utter bullshit. Then he started to pout complaining all his letters were... Read more »

Who Shall Die…

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An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives.

In My Persian Immigrant Family…How My Brother Mothered Me

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He casually asked if my sixth-grade classmates were wearing bras.

Politics Shapes Party Dresses

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In all the years I’d been wearing, collecting and swooning over vintage fashion, I remained a pure formalist. My appreciation was based on the nuances of cut and color, shape and design. It wasn’t until I began a more methodical kind of research into some of my favorite silhouettes that I began to see how... Read more »

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