Winter 1998-1999

Feminist museum curators tell the Jewish story differently.  Right-wing women protecting Orthodoxy from feminism.  Israel at 51. Buddhist Jews. Leslea Newman comes out to her grandma.

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Israel at 51 and Beyond

It's half a century. Have we only heard half the story?

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The Unexpurgated Edition 

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One Hundred Years of Gratitude


Why did 99-year-old grandmother have to know? Newman comes out to her beloved grandmother, and the consequences surprise them both.

One Hundred Thirty-One


Strengthen me, Holy One, on my walkfrom illness.Even as You gave courageAs the children fled from Egypt,Open the sea to my steps. Like a Hebrew slave,I have sojourned in pain;Under... Read more »



Show me how to offer comfort.Point out Your nesting place,Feathered against the adversitiesThat wound those I love. Show me tolerance,When I am weary of helping,And a long dreary dayStretches toward... Read more »



O Eternal, hold me with gentlenessThrough this long night of pain;Lay Your cool hand upon my body.As a mother strokes the fevered browOf her beloved child,Give me succor. O Eternal,... Read more »

Objects of Desire


A daughter’s haunting account of her father’s obsession—the naked, strangely mutilated children of painter Egon Schiele. Bergman asks: "Why did he subject me to this work?"

How Museums Invent Us


Your great-aunt’s soup pot in a museum? Priceless artifacts in your attic? Introducing the new wave of feminist curators, who’ve fought to have shoes, cookbooks and miscellaneous tchochkes-cum-folk art included in the exhibited history of the Jews.

An Open Letter to Buddhist Jews


With an ex-husband and extended family who are REAL Buddhists, our author thinks Jews may be worshipping the Buddha for the wrong reasons.

The Second Zionist Revolution


I moved from Jerusalem to Yeruham in 1978, as a sabra finding an outlet for her Zionist idealism. Together with a group of olim from the West, we settled in Yeruham,... Read more »

Right and Left: The Petrifaction of Israeli Society


Israeli society may be the only society in the world that keeps asking itself: “Who are we?” “What is Israeli identity?” “Are we still Jews/Zionists?” “Do we have a culture?” Left-wing... Read more »

Right-Wing Woman: Keeping Orthodoxy Safe from Feminists?


While "Modern Orthodox" women seek a harmony between Judaism and feminism, sisters to their right are digging in, sponsoring lectures and classes to draw women (even high-powered careerists) back to home and hearth.



Speak up for the Vulva I love Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues and I’m an enthusiastic fan of her brilliant and radical work. But I have to admit that I’m disheartened that she... Read more »

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