Winter 1995-1996

Gender rebellion in Yiddish film; check out Molly Picon’s cross-dressing roles!  The December Dilemma anew. An altruistic mother adopts a Jewish war orphan.

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Spilling Out Wine: A New Wedding Blessing


A beautiful new wedding blessing, in English AND Hebrew, that (finally) fills the ethical bill. Clip, save, and fax immediately to your fave rabbi or cantor.

Rachel Felix: Europe’s first real theatrical star 1821-1858


Another Jewish foremother who needs reclaiming, Rachel Felix (1821-1858) was Europe's first real theatrical star. Proud of her Jewishness, written about by Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf and Henry James, painted by Delacroix, she scandalized France (no easy feat) and redefined theater.

Frieda Shikman at 88


Remembering the early years with Dina

Saving Dina


"I may not have room in the apartment, but I have room in the heart." LILITH kicks off a new occasional column—-Altruists—-with an account of the adoption, 50 years ago, of a Jewish war orphan (the first child survivor to make it to America). Dina Rom’s courageous, empathic, working-class "Mom," Frieda Shikman, is still doing good deeds at 88.

An Explosion of Jewish Women’s Popular Music


Why? How? When? And—most important—who? A journalist/ musician surveys the scene and gives us her 13 Best Picks of singers and composers. Susan Schnur interviews Musleah herself, descended from the renowned 18th century Chazzan of Baghdad. PLUS...An invaluable Resource Directory of EVERYTHING in folk/pop music that’s Jewish and female.

Gender Rebellion


"Trouser roles" aren’t just the property of Marlene Deitrich and Julie Andrews. Read here about Molly Picon’s popular cross-dressing—-and what the droll, surprisingly subversive world of Yiddish film reveals. What’s gender anxiety got to do with Jewish anxiety? Lots.

The December Dilemma


When her Jewish son’s May flower girlfriend draws him away from his tribe, the author suddenly wonders, "What was in my head when I hung up Christmas stockings for them when they were kids?" So what’s Nu? Our children, as always, are our best teachers.



Feminist ResolveI loved Shulamith Reinharz’s powerful piece on Manya Shohat [Fall 1995]. I joined HaShomer HaTzair as a child, in the 1950’s; no one ever told us about this bold,... Read more »

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