Being a Catholic in temple.
Being a Catholic in temple.
Documenting Lives Through our Eyes: Art, Artifacts, Photographs and Holograms from the Museums of London, Frankfurt and Vienna includes a first time US exhibit for and a tribute to the work of photographer. Juliette Soester (1934-2002). Soester, whose father was Jewish, felt strongly drawn to her Jewish background, reinforced by the knowledge that so many of... Read more »
Holocaust: A History, by Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt, W.W. Norton and Company Safe Among the Germans: Liberated Jews after World War II, by Ruth Gay, Yale University Press In their new book, Holocaust: A History, Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt paraphrase the post-war generation’s anguish: “Each one of the Jewish victims... Read more »
In our current exhibitionist culture, in which “telling all,” and the squirt of fame it might bring, trumps old-fashioned dignity and that sacred thing that we once called “privacy,” Karen Propp somehow manages to create a shocking page-turner by doing just the opposite: writing about a deeply private thing — her husband’s indelicate fight with prostate... Read more »
Storm of Terror: A Hebron Mother’s Diary, by June Leavitt, Ivan R. Dee The Settlers (film), by Ruth Walk, First Run/Icarus Films 2002 Welcome to Heavenly Heights, by Risa Miller, St. Martin’s Press Jewish settlers who make their homes in the territories conquered by Israel in the Six Day War live in the eye of the Palestinian/Israeli... Read more »
To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, edited by Rebecca Walker, Anchor Books Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation, edited by Barbara Findlen, Seal Feminist Publications Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism, edited by Leslie Heywood and Jennifer Drake, Drake Press Adios Barbie: Young Women Write About... Read more »
PRAYER-NEUTRAL LANGUAGE BACKFIRES I am writing to add my two cents’ worth to Rabbi Schnur’s discussion about names for God [“What’s this about God being female?” Fall 2002]. There is a felicitous phrase used in our liturgy which captures the androgynous nature of God, and which slips by unnoticed, for the most part: av ha-rakhamim, usually... Read more »
What Israel's feminist journal thinks about "Sex and the City"
All the articles and handbooks agree. BY NO MEANS SHOULD YOUR HOME BE PRISTINE. A child adds clutter to any environment, they explain. Far better to show the social worker coming over for the home study that the mess won’t bother you. But today has been a day of Ajax and Fantastik and fluffy, fresh-from-the-dryer bathroom towels... Read more »
Malka, bored in class while her teacher drones on about kashering pots and pans. She’s vaguely aware that Rebbetzin Kraemer has written a blessing on the chalkboard, but her hand feels too heavy to drag pen across notebook. The air in the room is stiff. Later, at lunch, she’s off-sorts. It’s Chicken Pattie day; the cafeteria-smell... Read more »
Before DNA testing, there was no way to prove paternity, so it was understandable that Judaism would be passed on through the maternal line. So why doesn’t the transmission of status—whether you are one of the three “castes” of Judaism: Kohen, Levi or Yisrael—require the same certainty as the transmission of religion? A kohen (one... Read more »
As a little girl, I heard a lot about the Schottensteins. Now known for their go-figure underwriting of both a Talmud and the Ohio State football stadium, they’d made their fortune with an eponymous department store. My grandmother was a Schottenstein and, growing up, I would shamelessly drop the name in a knowing crowd and enjoy... Read more »
In Jewish family names there are some phenomena that do not exist—or exist to only a very limited degree—in the family names of other peoples. One of these phenomena is specific to East European Jewish family names— or, to be even more precise, to family names in those parts of Eastern Europe that were under the... Read more »
In the 12th century, Maimonides decreed that the mother would determine whether or not the child was halakhically Jewish. Before this point, the father was the determinant of Jewish identity; the fact that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were Jewish meant that their offspring were Jewish also. Maimonides made his ruling about matrilineal descent for two very... Read more »
Lilith asked readers to dig deep, for the first time, into these experiences. The results are stories of love and complexity. In these pages grown-up Jewish daughters begin to think through the lessons, the gratitude and the guilt of these intensely intimate dyads. We also listen to three nannies on the other side of these relationships.
Spurred by Catholic boys’ charges, Sue William Silverman remembers sexual abuse by her powerful politician father and what it meant to her identity as a Jew.
Brigitte Sion on facing down anti-Semitism and misogyny in thie "neutral" country.
Jewish Women Watching, the anonymous folks who monitor sexism in the Jewish community, have again sneaked into the limelight. In September, JWW mailed to the media and others what appeared to be a Jewish New Year’s greeting. The envelope contained a condom glued to a card, along with advice to “Practice Safe Politics.” Recipients turned... Read more »
It is stunning to see a graybeard Orthodox rabbi with impeccable Talmud credentials stand before hundreds of women, and a sprinkling of men, and make halachic arguments for allowing women to ascend the bima to bless the Torah and read from the Torah in the presence of men. Blu Greenberg, president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist... Read more »
“Vagina, vagina, vagina.” It could have been a performance of The Vagina Monologues, or a women’s consciousness-raising group. But a synagogue youth event? Each winter, the ninth-grade Sunday school class at Washington Hebrew Congregation (WHC) in Washington, D.C. piles onto busses for a weekend retreat entitled “A Jewish View of Love, Sex, and Marriage.” WHC... Read more »
More than 50 years ago Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote the short story YentI the Yeshiva Boy, about the young maydl in Poland who dresses as a boy in order to study Torah. The tale still resonates. Until December 29, New York’s Folksbiene Theater presents Yentl’s tale In Yiddish (with English translation via headsets). The poignant plot explores triangular relationships, cross-dressing, the... Read more »
This fall the Whitney Museum in New/ York featured the first comprehensive exhibit of Israeli artist Michal Rovner, whose multimedia art explores the metaphysical with images of wars and borders. LILITH featured Rovner’s art on our Fall 2000 cover. www.whitney.org/information/press/85.html
Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage is a sadly perfect institution to commemorate the first anniversary of September 11; it is located downtown, it defines itself as “A Living Memorial to the Holocaust,” and it was built on landfill excavated to build the World Trade Center. And Jill Vexler, a cultural anthropologist with years of experience memorializing loss... Read more »
One of the most important dimensions of contemporary Jewish spirituality and identity is based on the advancement of feminism,” says Jean Bloch Rosensaft, director of New York’s Hebrew Union College museum. In keeping with this philosophy, the museum this winter is offering an enticing assortment of exhibits. Not all the artists are women, but all in some... Read more »
Feminist artist Judy Chicago‘s almost-kitch “Dinner Party” celebrates women throughout history with a huge, triangular banquet arrangement. Thirty-nine highly original place settings represent influential women we often don’t know about, ranging from the primordial earth goddess to Georgia O’Keeffe and including the biblical Judith, with her placemat in Hebrew. The ceramic plates are cunningly cast... Read more »
In Israel, Moshe Levi, 26, received first prize in an essay contest on gender equality sponsored by, among others, the women’s organization Na’amat Israel. In his essay, Levi advocates more flexibility in interpreting halacha, saying Jewish law should be influenced by real life to improve women’s status.
In Its annual international list of the 50 most powerful women in business, Fortune Magazine ranked Galia Maor number 34. She is president and CEO of Bank Leumi, the second largest bank in Israel. Maor, 59, the daughter of Polish olim, is one of the few women in Israel who hold prominent positions in business or government.
A combination of profoundly sobering and oxymoronically encouraging remarks came directly from their heavy hearts: Amiram Goldin, project manager for a joint Arab-Israeli industrial park in the Galilee lost his 20-year-old son in a suicide bus bombing in August 2002. Dr. Rahib Essawi, a Palestinian academic who teaches at Al Quds University (Jerusalem) lost her mother, a brother, and... Read more »
Jewish women’s reactions to the traumas of everyday life in Israel range from unconditional support to outright condemnation of the government’s policies. One entity, a political coalition of 11 major Jewish women’s organizations, brought together this year by Orthodox feminist Blu Greenberg, includes women across the Jewish spectrum, from American Jewish Congress’ Committee for Women’s Equality to... Read more »
Foreign correspondent Ruth Cruber, recipient of the Fritz Redlich Distinguished Alumni Award from the Institute of International Education. Gruber’s stellar career spans seven decades. Haven, one of her 16 books, a television miniseries in 2001, documents her role in the secret rescue of 1,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Toronto Star columnist Michele Landsberg, honored... Read more »
Not all party favors lift your spirits. I was at a benefit dinner for a private school last month, and among the goodies in my take-home bag was a ruler, innocuous enough at first glance. But on the obverse of the strip of plastic were dozens of smaller-than-postage-stamp-sized photos, all of men. I actually stared at... Read more »