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It turns out that Woody Allen didn’t invent anhedonia. For Jewish immigrants in America, happiness was just not seen as a legitimate goal in life. Lilith's back page on women’s history—"The Way We Were"—asks what happened when the American ideal of romantic love and matinee idols clashed with the realities of sour tenement lives.
WRITING MOTHERS, WRITING DAUGHTERS: TRACING THE MATERNAL IN STORIES BY AMERICAN JEWISH WOMENby Janet Handler BursteinUniversity of Illinois Press, $34.95, cloth, $14.95, paper Under a cloak of academic analysis, Janet... Read more »
IN MEMORY’S KITCHEN: A LEGACY FROM THE WOMEN OF TEREZINedited by Cara De Silva translated by Bianca Steiner Brown foreword by Michael BerenbaumJason Aronson Inc., Northvale, N.J., $25 Reading “In... Read more »
BITTER SCENT: THE CASE OF L’OREAL, NAZIS, AND THE ARAB BOYCOTTby Michael Bar-ZoharDutton, $23.95 Once Jean Frydman, a Jew, held a high-ranking position on the board of the multi-million dollar... Read more »
WOMEN OF THE BEAT GENERATION: THE WITERS, ARTISTS, AND MUSES AT THE HEART OF THE REVOLUTION edited by Brenda Knight Conari Press, Berkeley, CA, $19.95 This refreshing book revives the... Read more »
Who are the pillars of present-day Jewish feminist scholarship? And what do these women-and the "pioneer scholars" of the 1970s and 1980s say about Jewish women’s studies )and about each other) as we approach the year 2000. A LILITH 20th anniversary review.
Healing : A survivor' s guilt becomes peace
Judith Helfand lost her reproductive system at 25 thanks to the "wonder drug" her mother took while pregnant. As "A Healthy Baby Girl"—Helfand’s startling film about being a DES daughter—heads to the Sundance Festival, Helfand talks about her mom, her politics and the community of filmmakers who’ve helped her heal.
Eldercare: A granddaughter moves from hostility to love.
"Everywhere I read that we are created in God’s image. What about me? Does God also walk with crutches, have difficulty breathing? Why did God do such a lousy job with my body?" One professor asks the questions; Rachel Naomi Remen and Rabbi Shoni Labovitz offer partial answers.
I was named Sureh Henya for my mother’s sister who died of cancer just before I was born, but was called Sureh Henya only when teased. Henya rhymes with zshmmya... Read more »
Can dolls be the essential ingredient for positive self-esteem?