Winter 1989-1990

Feminists breaking into Jewish scholarship. Frank talk about AIDS education.  Spy wives take the heat—from Ethel Rosenberg to Annie Pollard.

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Saying Goodbye to Friends: A Ritual for Today from the Bar Kochba Caves


From our "usable past" comes the notion that little bags of treasures can ease life's transitional moments

The Wives Take the Heat


Aside from the political parallels--and differences--between this century’s two most famous "Jewish" spy cases, Barsky examines the unexplored sexism in prosecutors and victims alike.

Hide and Seek


l forget some things and remember others. My childhood flew off, it’s gone, and I’m still here. The hummingbird, too. flies from branch to branch twig to bough and I... Read more »

Yahrzeit Candle


On the second birthdayof your deathnothing muchhas changed,though perhaps I look less oftentowards the grassy dooryou left by. The pastis a real place,a lost and found of days tornoff the... Read more »



My mother's affectional currency was not so much hugs and kisses as it was food. Cooking and eating were central aspects of our Southern California Bukharian Jewish...

The Sages Say… “A Hollowed-Out Etrog a Sheep Gut Lubricated with Honey, Plenty of Sex…”


Superstition, Jewish law and medical facts all merge in the traditional view of reproduction and parturition

Instructions for the Birthing team


What do religiously observant couples face during childbirth? Stanger tells how to respect differences in the delivery room. Akkadian prayer for birth translated by Tikva Frymer-Kensky

In the Russian Gymnasia


An excerpt from a magnificent, not-yet-published memoir. This section details the shocks and pleasures that awaited Malka P. when she tried to transform herself from a Yiddish-speaking shtetl child into an urbane Russian schoolgirl in the early 1900’s.

Memoir of an AIDS Volunteer


An AIDS educator talks about her pain, her motives, her mother’s reaction and what she tells men she dates

Jewish Feminist Scholarship Comes of Age


The long awaited emergence of women into every significant field of Jewish scholarship has arrived. Ochs maps out the new terrain they explore.



“COMING OUT” The lesbian story by Carla Cantor [Summer 1989] seemed to be saying, very subtly, that as lesbians get more “nuclear-family-like” there’s more reason for hope that the Jewish... Read more »

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