A gay man finds a role model in the anti-heroine of the Purim story.
A gay man finds a role model in the anti-heroine of the Purim story.
SEE Women in traditional Sephardic costume in brilliant color and intricate decorative patterns are portrayed in “A Magnificence of Dress: Watercolor paintings by Anita Kushner,” at Yeshiva University Museum, 500 West 185th Street, New York, NY 10033. The Child Behind the Eyes is a monodrama by Israeli author Nava Semel, portraying the mother of a child with Down’s... Read more »
RACHEL’S DAUGHTERS: NEWLY ORTHODOX JEWISH WOMEN by Debra Renee Kaufman; Rutgers University Press, $30; paper, $11.95 Debra Kaufman, a professor of sociology and a feminist, wanted to know what attracts young, relatively affluent, well- educated and highly assimilated women to the most traditional, right-wing, patriarchal and fundamentalist branch of Judaism—often assumed to be oppressive to... Read more »
A PORTRAIT OF AMERICAN MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Raisa Fastman, NewSage Press, $22.95 (softcover) Raisa Fastman’s new book of photographs, A Portrait of American Mothers and Daughters is a classic. Here are two excerpts: When I was six or seven, in the Vienna of my childhood, my parents often left in the early evening for... Read more »
DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL: LIFE AND LABOR IN THE IMMIGRANT GENERATION by Susan A. Glenn; Cornell University Press, 1990, $29.95 My grandmother is not like other grandmothers. A self-made intellectual and activist with an idealistic vision beyond her times, she is so outraged by social injustice and forthright in her opinions that I cannot imagine a... Read more »
BIBLE HEROES I CAN BE by Anne Eisenberg, illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer; Kar-Ben Copies, 1990; Ages 2-6 Noah, Abraham, Sara, Rebecca, Joseph, Miriam, Moses, Joshua, Ruth, Naomi, King David, and King Solomon are presented in this delightful simple book, which distills the essential actions and qualities of our biblical ancestors, matching them to the daily experiences... Read more »
ISSUES OF BLOOD: THE POLITICS OF MENSTRUATION by Sophie Laws; Macmillan, 1990 Sophie Laws’ Issues of Blood asks some important questions: Why do women feel ashamed of menstruation? Why do we maintain our silence, removing it from public discourse? And why are new products endlessly developed to enable the secrecy to be ever more effective, while at the... Read more »
AHEAD OF TIME by Ruth Gruher; Wynwood Press, 1991, $19.95 Add unpretentiousness to the characteristics that distinguish some seasoned journalists from others. In a captivating memoir of her early professional years, veteran foreign correspondent Ruth Gruber skillfully sails through an astonishing odyssey with ease and humility. Gruber’s achievements are woven into a riveting autobiography, set during... Read more »
GLORIA GOES TO GAY PRIDE by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Russell Crocker: Alyson Publications, 1991, $7.95 Among the holidays that Gloria—who seems to be about five—celebrates are Halloween, Chanukah, and Gay Pride Day. Her Mama Grace holds a sign at the gay parade that says, “Gay Nurse Healing the Earth”; her Mama Rose’s sign proclaims,... Read more »
CHILDREN WITH A STAR: JEWISH YOUTH IN NAZI EUROPE by Deborah Dwork; Yale University Press. $25.00 CHILDREN OF THE FLAMES: DR. JOSEF MENGELE AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE TWINS OF AUSCHWITZ by Lucette Matalon Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel; William Morrow and Co., 256 pp., $20 Even as the Holocaust recedes further into the past and... Read more »
Is crossover eating disloyal? Nibble on and see.
When Stalin declared that "killer doctors" were deliberately poisoning and infecting the country’s leaders, prominent physicians, mostly Jewish, were rounded up and murdered or exiled. Natalya Rapaport, now a scientist herself, is the daughter of the only survivor of the notorious "doctors’ plot." Here she describes her excruciating ordeal as a 14-year-old who waits for her other parent to disappear, too.
An extraordinary piece of agitprop puppet theater by Jenny Romaine adapted from a 1930's, Yiddish Marxist primer. Romaine's toy theater of Terror As Usual will mesmerize you.
Bris anxiety? All the feelings you’ve ever had against this practice will surface again as this father describes his struggles over whether or not to circumcise a first-born son.
Waving stupidly from the back of a flatbed truck at half-time leads a 1950s co-ed to a new understanding of the immigrant grandmother who raised her.
What happens to women’s worldview when their bosses have more power and less education than they do? A Tel Aviv journalist describes a military system that fosters sexual harassment by men, depression in women, and doomed, ingenue/hero marriages for both.
Sisters unite: the revenge of Vashti and Esther!
With reports of domestic violence increasing, religious and ethnic organizations are confronting physical and sexual abuse within their own communities [see special section on “Healing Sexual Abuse in Jewish Families,” LILITH Summer 1988]. According to Barbara Harris, director of the Transition Center, a New York City shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children,... Read more »
The Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings forced millions of Americans to confront their own behavior— and their own victimization—in the workplace. Women professionals in Jewish organizations who faced blatant sexual coercion by male superiors called the Atlanta Jewish Times, LILITH and doubtless other publications, too, with their stories, but then quickly pleaded that their... Read more »
We have entered an age not only of computerized Talmud study, but of electronic ‘”shiva calls” for study partners whose love we know only on-line. When Reconstructionist Rabbi Daniel Kamesar, a regional director of Mazon [the Jewish anti-hunger organization], suffered a fatal heart attack in the North Philadelphia Amtrak station, the news went out in... Read more »
In her second album, Rita Falbel sings the multi-faceted music of the Jewish experience in the Diaspora. Timepieces, Between Jewish Past and Future, released in July 1991 (Global Village Music), features three original compositions and traditional folk songs, in Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish, Arabic, Spanish, German and English. Falbel’s music follows the wanderings of the Jewish people,... Read more »
Over the past 41 summers, the American Jewish Society for Service (AJSS), in conjunction with local service groups, has conducted 94 volunteer work service projects in 40 states, training high school Juniors and seniors (mostly Jewish) in the arts of restoration, renovation, co-operation, and understanding, and sending them to communities that need their help. Projects... Read more »
The track record of New York City Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman who plans to run for the U.S. Senate this fall, clearly indicates that she does her investing with a social conscience, and with particular concern for the interests both of the Jewish community and of women. In what she called a “rock solid investment,” Holtzman,... Read more »