Being a Catholic in temple.
Jewish daughters and their African-American nannies tell stories of love, and complexity. The matronymic metamorphosis: what to name your child. Being a Catholic mother in a Jewish family.Table of contents Get the issue
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... 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... 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... 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.... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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.... Read more »
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... 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... 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,... 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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... 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... 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,... 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... Read more »