Winter 1987-1988

Is Israel liberating for Ethiopian women? Poetry about Jewish women in love through the ages. Prisoners of divorce: abusive husbands, women in limbo.

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Fraida wanders.She walks in the shade of a freeway offramp, on a sidewalk strewn with pebbles, broken glass, and dandelions. Across the street there is a row of crumbling houses.... Read more »

The Prisoners of Divorce


Jewish law says only a husband can divorce his wife, not vice versa, leaving in limbo thousands of women whose husbands are vindictive. Many—with support from within the Orthodox community—are making their private agony public and seeking help in secular courts—and via public protest.

Star-Crossed Romance,1987, N.B.C.


In the 37 years since soap operas have been shown on American television, none of them ever had a Jewish woman character—until NBC’s popular “Days of Our Lives” featured the long-running... Read more »

Lost Love, 1000 B.C.E.


In ancient Israel, female sexuality was the arena in which male authority and patriarchal domination manifested themselves most clearly and oppressively. Woman’s sexuality was regarded not so much as part of... Read more »

This Too is Enough


They tell a story of the Baal Shem Tov that when he faced a special problem he would go to a place in the forest, light afire and say a... Read more »

Is Israel Really Liberating for Ethiopian Women?


What happens in the lives of African women brought to Israel when they must give up traditional customs—-such as living in separate dwellings during their menstrual periods—-that they feel defined their female role in Judaism?

Nudel Appeal Update


LILITH received many letters along with signatures to our Women’s Appeal for Ida Nudel (see Kol Ishah. The letters below are a representative sampling. Dear LILITH: Thanks for sending me... Read more »

Lines of communication


“JAP-Baiting” HOW TO FIGHT BACK To the Editor: Congratulations to LILITH and my special thanks to Judith Rubenstein for bringing my research and social action on campus “JAP-baiting” to the... Read more »

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