Lilith FeatureWomen’s Holocaust Manuscripts
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Moving? Graduation? A birthday? Reminder: We can create prayers, as this bat mitzvah mother does.
Bring This To Your Community Sarah and Hagar: A Socio-Drama Workshop begins with a 7-minute trigger film, created by filmmaker and activist Lilly Rivlin, dramatizing the relationship between Sarah and Hagar, and presenting interviews with contemporary Arab and Israeli women. In a 2 to 3 hour program, participants reenact key moments in the story dealing with... Read more »
THE CHALLENGE OF FEMINIST BIOGRAPHYedited by Sara Alpern, Joyce Antler, Elisabeth Israels Perry, and Ingrid Winther Scobie (University of Illinois Press, 1992) $44.95; p.b. $14.95 This collection of essays by some of the brightest stars in feminist scholarship is intended as “a workshop in print to inform and encourage those interested in the writing and... Read more »
One of the gifts that struggling mothers most appreciate is a tidbit about how some other woman was a “late bloomer.” In the extraordinary book. With Teeth in the Earth: Selected Poems of Malka Heifetz Tussman [Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan, 1992], editor translator Marcia Folk mentions—generously—that the Yiddish writer Malka Tussman did not publish her... Read more »
THE KOSHER PIG: AND OTHER CURIOSITIES OF MODERN JEWISH LIFEby Richard Israel [Alef Design Group, 4423 Fruitland Ave., L.A., CA 90058, 1993, $18.95] Richard Israel begins this book (of 20 republished essays) by invoking the memory of a “personal growth” group that he was once a part of in the 1960’s. The group spent an... Read more »
THE MARRIAGES OF JACOB: A POEM-NOVELLAby Charlotte Mandel [Micah Publications, 1991, $10] In The Marriages of Jacob, Charlotte Mandel takes the story etched finely on the surface of Genesis, and weaves about it a mesh of complex and real characters. The result is both original and beautiful. Mandel’s cycle of poems begins at a moment... Read more »
EDUCATED AND IGNORANTby Tamar El-Or; translated by Haim Watzman [Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1994, hard $42, soft $17.95] Tamar El-Or’s ethnography of Gur Hasidic women begins with a yearning for connection. Encountering a Gur woman in a doctor’s office, El-Or, an Israeli anthropologist, enters a tentative dialogue that eventually leads her into the uneasy embrace of... Read more »
A wedding canopy becomes a record of dearest family and friends.
Three new plays and one film by Jewish women.
A week in a Jewish teen’s life in the Warsaw ghetto. Responding: Ellen Bass, co-author of The Courage to Heal.
After 3 Holocaust years in hiding in Poland, a spunky child survives and thrives, her pain transformed into one little fetish: shoes. Responding: Julie Heifetz, high school theater arts teacher and Holocaust author.
A daughter of Holocaust survivors gives us chilling instructions.
Is anti-Semitism still "the fashion" in Poland? Responding: "Mrs. Slomovic," 69, a Holocaust survivor and 33-year veteran of Hebrew school teaching.
A small motherless child, smuggled back and forth across borders. Responding: Leah Strigler, a 26-year-old Wexner fellow still in graduate school.
The bodies of Alina Gertner, Rosa Robata, Regina Safirstajn and Esther Wajcblum swayed in the wind for three days in the gallows of Auschwitz Birkenau. They had been hanged by the Nazis on January 6, 1945, just 21 days before the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau, for their part in the October 7, 1944 Revolt. As they... Read more »
Dora Wasserman, the grande dame of Montreal’s Yiddish Theatre, has at last received recognition for her work as a theatre producer. She was recently named, at 75, to the Order of Canada—the country’s highest civilian honor. Wasserman works out of the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal. Her all-volunteer troupe, now in its 34th season, puts on... Read more »
The interchange between Arab and Jew in the Middle East plays out in political extremes, from the ultimate expression of irreconcilable hatred in the person of the suicide terrorist to the harnessing of great symbols of nationalism to lead entire peoples into mutual acceptance. The social and cultural exchanges between Palestinian and Israelis have been far... Read more »
THE INFAMOUS “SPEECH EXAM”Deborah Dash Moore’s review of Ruth Jacknow Markowitz’s My Daughter the Teacher mentions anti-Semitism as one force which drove teachers out of the public school system. It also prevented Jews from even becoming teachers. The infamous “speech exam,” required at Brooklyn College before one was allowed to do student teaching, sidetracked me... Read more »
Some recent books about transsexuals claim that there really aren’t two sexes after all, and that gender is no more than a social construct. Huh? If we take as evidence what goes on in Jewish organizations, gender looks like the determinant not only of biology but of every other role as well. Take meetings, for example.... Read more »