Lilith FeatureIsrael at 51 and Beyond
It's half a century. Have we only heard half the story?
Why did 99-year-old grandmother have to know? Newman comes out to her beloved grandmother, and the consequences surprise them both.
LIKEMINDED Women’s Exchange, USA. After 18 conferences in the FSU, Project Kesher is bringing the good times home. A global community of Jewish women interested in spirituality and social activism will have their first North American conference (in the Chicago area) April 29-May 2, 1999. Meet leaders from the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet... Read more »
With Roots in Heaven: One Woman’s Passionate Journey Into the Heart of Her Faithby Tirzah FirestoneDutton, $24.95 With Roots in Heaven is Tirzah Firestone’s Jewish entry into the bestselling genre of highly personal autobiography by women. In it, Firestone recounts the story of her life from her Orthodox upbringing through involvements with kumdalini yoga, Arica, karma... Read more »
Apples from the Desertby Savyon LlebrechtThe Feminist Press, $20 What could be better, when you wake early on a Sunday feeling far away from your roots, than to pick up Savyon Liebrecht’s Apples from the Desert? You are there with your Israeli sisters and your history, tasting and living it. I first discovered Liebrecht six years... Read more »
The Jew Storeby Stella SubermanAlgonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $19.95 The Jew Store is a homespun and home-focused tale that at the same time covers religion, prejudice, generational differences and the profound question of what ‘home’ really means. Stella Suberman takes us back to her childhood stomping ground, a small Southern burg populated with everyone from... Read more »
Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985by Pamela S. NadellBeacon Press, $27.50 From 1977 to 1978 I served on the Commission for the Study of Women in the Rabbinate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, formed to examine the issue of whether women should be ordained as rabbis in the Conservative movement.... Read more »
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 whips of illness and despair,I have shed my tears of bitterness. Show me again the path of freedom,Speeding toward a Promised LandOf wholeness and health,Creating... 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 a restless night. You place before us life and love;Show us endurance.You place before us healing and hope;Show us persistence. Reach deep within me, Eternal... 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, clasp me to Your bosom, And rock me with quiet motion. To and fro as the seconds pass, Waiting, waiting for the next relief, Stretching... Read more »
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?"
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.
With an ex-husband and extended family who are REAL Buddhists, our author thinks Jews may be worshipping the Buddha for the wrong reasons.
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, the first development town in the Negev, founded in 1951 during Israel’s greatest immigration period. We were committed to halakhah, social responsibility, the pursuit of peace,... Read more »
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 and Right-wing supply a sense of identity, a superficial awareness of tribal belonging and a class consciousness. Identification with one of the two camps is... Read more »
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 didn’t name her book and play The Vulva Monologues. I know that the word “vulva” doesn’t roll off our tongues the way the word “vagina” does.... Read more »
Monica Lewinsky has been the object of plenty of less-than-charitable attention. Now the co-editor of New Voices, a national monthly publication of the Jewish Students Press Association, has added his own. Sam Apple’s “Reflections on Monica’s Bat-Mitzvah,” published in the paper’s March issue, explores her opposing impulses of passivity and aggressiveness with the full range of stereotypes that... Read more »
Seducer of men? Killer of babies? No matter what the old rabbis said—Lilith isn’t a demon anymore. We really knew things were turning around when a woman called to ask our editors’ opinions on naming her baby Lilith. (All in favor!) We referred her to a recent issue of a Swedish magazine, The Jewish Chronicle, which featured... Read more »
If women knew what was good for them, they’d wear skirts to their ankles, remain virgins til marriage, stay off Prozac, and hold on to their dreams of finding the perfect man. That, at least, is the opinion of 23-year-old Wendy Shalit, who is following her own advice to a T. With assaults on the sexual... Read more »
At a sexy gathering on the publication of Erica Jong’s book, What Do Women Want? (Harper Collins), the author sat on the stage of Manhattan’s Town Hall theater with Naomi Wolf to answer the question that her book’s title poses. In a dialogue moderated by don’t-blame-guys-for-date-rape Katie Roiphe, they bantered about just what it is we most urgently... Read more »
After Hurricane Mitch, Central America needs help for its 2.8 million newly homeless. In Honduras, mudslides and floods destroyed 70% of the roads and bridges; development has been set back 20 years, the U.N. reports. Malnutrition and cholera threaten survivors in El Salvador and Nicaragua, where 80% of the staple bean, rice, banana and coffee... Read more »
We join men and women across the county in condemning the slaying of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, an obstetrician/gynecologist who also worked at a Buffalo, NY, abortion clinic. Dr. Slepian was killed in October in a series of sniper attacks against doctors who perform abortions. Four of the five attacked have been Jewish. The American Jewish... Read more »
In 1942, Edith Stein was murdered as a Jew. In 1998, she was canonized as a Christian martyr. The irony is complex and her beatification in 1987 and recent canonization have been fraught with controversy [see LILITH, Winter 1991]. Stein’s family members are still bitter over what they view as her abandonment of her people, culminating... Read more »
Some male rabbis are making pretty strange bedfellows. They appear to be drawn into an alliance with the Christian Right to oppose abortion rights in the guise of lobbying against so-called “partial-birth abortions.” I recently attended part of an all-day conference in Washington which made me feel as if I had stepped into a world where... Read more »