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Jews and Christians will answer differently
Newly created settings for Marcia Falk’s new, feminist blessings and prayers help us use this awesome liturgy in the fullness of spirit it deserves.
NON-SEXIST LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS Myra Sadker Day, March 5,1998, will initiate a national effort by a corps of volunteers, to break the gender barriers that inhibit both females and males. Myra Pollack Sadker (1943-1995) pioneered much of the research documenting gender bias in American education from elementary through graduate school. A list of more than 101 suggestions... Read more »
With more than 900 entries, the newly published Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia marks the consolidation of the notable biographies into a single, diverse unit. And with more than 600 editors, contributors and advisers, it also documents the existence of a community of women and men vigorously involved in exploring the lives of Jewish women.... Read more »
King Soiomon and the Queen of Sheba by Blu Greenberg and Linda Tarry Pitspopany Press, $16.95 An elegantly crafted children’s book. King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba tells a story that dates back to biblical times. This rendition, updated to appeal to children from a variety of backgrounds, comes from two more-than-qualified women: Orthodox Jewish feminist Blu... Read more »
The Escape Artist by Judith Katz Firebrand Books, $12.95 Readers of The Escape Artist will notice that the novel is more than a story told to an unknown audience. It is one woman’s gift to her lover: the tale of how their lives stretched and grew until they were woven together into a single fabric.... Read more »
Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon Press Gang Publishers, $15.95 Beyond the Pale is the literary equivalent of a warm kitchen, redolent with mouth-watering smells and bathed in the gentle light of Shabbat candles. It speaks to the Jewish woman (this one, at least) in a profound and poignant way. From the pogroms of Tsarist Russia to... Read more »
Jews and Feminism: The Ambivalent Search for Home by Laura Levitt Routledge, $18.99 This is not a book about all Jews and feminism, but about one Jewish feminist in her personal and academic attempt to “reconcile the relationship between rabbinic Judaism and [the] liberalism” out of which, she presumes, modern feminism has grown. The book documents... Read more »
Inventing Memory: A Novel of Mothers and Daughters by Erica Jong HarperCollins, $25 Like two mirrors facing each other. Inventing Memory repeats itself, frame within frame, story within story. The material Jong’s narrator turns up as she researches the generations of Jewish women in her family becomes the very substance of Jong’s novel. “I’ve become... Read more »
Daughters of Kings: Growing Up as a Jewish Woman in America edited by Leslie Brody Faber and Faber, $26.95 Belying its subtitle, Daughters of Kings contains many stories of growing up as a non-Jewish woman in America,five out of the 14, to be precise. Nonetheless, the collection of essays by Jewish women, black women, WASP... Read more »
When history discovered Oskar Schindler, a man credited with rescuing 1,200 Jewish lives from the Holocaust, his life was feted with a bestselling novel, a blockbuster film and innumerable posthumous honors, all of which wrote him into a good long stretch of history. In this fanfare, however, something —and someone — has been lost. “Oskar... Read more »
Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition by Yael Zerubavel University of Chicago Press, $32.50, $19.95 paperback We are living in an era when national stories are being critiqued as mythic, even as lies. As a people in history, Jews are not immune. The stale icon of the normative Jew—male, middle-class, heterosexual,... Read more »
Sister Brother: Gertrude & Leo Stein by Brenda Wineapple G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $35 Gertrude Stein’s America by Gertrude Steir, edited by Gilbert A. Harrison W.W. Norton and Co. Inc., $10 paperback Among the writers, painters and intellectuals who made Paris. their home in the first part of the20th century, Gertrude and Leo Stein were at the hub.... Read more »
Women take the spotlight as caretakers of a vital part of Jewish life.
A Moroccan Jewish girl, assassinated in Fez 170 years ago, becomes a martyr to Muslims, Jews and Christians too.
Did your Jewish family once have a retarded relative hidden away? An old photograph holds new revelations about the author’s long-dead sister.
The title almost says it all, but read the whole story to see the ceremony they created and to hear what the Orthodox zayde said at the dinner.
Seattle’s battle-hardened Deborah Senn fights for the rights of domestic violence survivors, Holocaust survivors and others, transforming her agency from lapdog to watchdog. Now some national politicos are watching her.
Guess who loses in the Promise-Keepers’ "battle against Satan"…
A GIFT TO ANNEYour review of Livia Bitton-Jackson’s book, I have Liveda Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust, prompts me to write this letter. I was born five years before Anne Frank and I am now 71. Many times in my life, I said to myself, “Look at what Anne Frank could have accomplished... Read more »
Twentysomething sheltered Hasidic girl falls in love with confused non-Jew, despite her father’s opposition. (“Nick & Rachel” an urban romance by New Yorker Zalisa Rabin.) Thirty-something assimilated Jewish filmmaker documents attraction to Lubavitch for once assimilated women. (“The Return of Sarah’s Daughters” by Californian Marcia Jarmel.) Fifty-something Argentinean Jewish woman trains a non-Jewish manto pose as... Read more »
From the familiar babushka to the women of the fire brigade, the photographs in “Remembering LubomI: Images of a Jewish Community” recall one Polish community that spanned the spectrum of tradition and assimilation. Only 51 of the 4,000 Jews who lived in LubomI, Poland, at the time of the Holocaust survived. But Aaron Ziegelman, who fled... Read more »
From time to time, LILITH lets readers know of recent academic work of particular interest to Jewish feminists. Gendering Magic in Late Antique Judaism, by Mehssa Aubin, Duke University, PhD. Dissertation. Jewish women have been portrayed throughout history as mothers, queens,princesses, teachers, helpmates and footstools. In rabbinic Judaism they were also feared for their powers... Read more »
Penny Liebman’s two-year-old Contemporary Art gallery is doing exactly what its proprietor has been warned against by other gallery owners. “I was told not to growth my passion when showcasing art. Go with what will sell,” Liebman recalls. “By being honest and true to myself,” Liebman says, she has found herself displaying painting and sculpture... Read more »
It has been called Israel’s most enduring mystery—the fate of some 1,500 babies born to Yemenite Jews who disappeared shortly after the nation’s founding. Some claimed they had died. Others said they were stolen and sold to Ashkenazic patients. Then a few months ago, a woman living in California announced that she had been one of... Read more »
It all started for artist Stephanie Sakellaris with a dream of tefillin. They weren’t hard like the wooden boxes and leather straps men have traditionally worn, but soft, “like food,” she says. And when she awoke, “I saw my black bra there and knew what I had to do.” What she had to do, it turned out,... Read more »
Learning to live in the moment is no easy feat for Jews. While much of Jewish ritual and liturgy is supposed to help us stay put in the moment, keeping us focused—prayers for arising, blessings over different foods at mealtime, activities to be performed at specified times—we Jews are also specialists at anticipation. At Purim time... Read more »