Winter 2003-2004

“This isn’t sex!” say bat mitzvah girls about their parties. A Syrian Jewish family bonds over cooking. Muslim lesbian feminist Irshad Manji, on Islamic terror against women. Patients’ stories.

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They Say “It’s Not Sex”

But experts call it "an oral sex epidemic." What do Jewish teen girls think is really going on?

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The ABC of Vice


One of our favorite artists and cartoonists, the hilarious Nicole Hollander, who has given us two great LILITH covers over the years, has a new book. Her many fans will rejoice... Read more »

Photograph in Krakow


She walks straight ahead. A scarf covers her hair. The chin angular, eyes large. Her hands push a carriage. You cannot see the baby, but a child is resting. Others... Read more »

The Trouble with Islam


A Canadian Muslim lesbian feminist activist born in Africa is the bold (and brash) voice speaking out on how to deal with Muslim texts and terrors against Jews, women, gays and "infidels."



Spies, Terrorist Hunters, and an Uneasy Reporter try to decode the Middle East

The Grandmother in the Mental Hospital


for Molly Prusak

Allspice in the Family


Ashkenazi Jews may think that the same flavors and aromas waft in nostalgia for all Jews. Not so. Our informant, a professional cook and an outlying member of a close Syrian clan returns to the center through meatballs with cherries. The recipe comes along too!

Sunken Meadow


A short story by Roberta Israeloff about the scary games survivors’ children play.

Confessions of an Aguna Activist


A longtime advocate for the rights of women struggling to free themselves from a Jewish marriage, Hammer warns of what happens to many women after that freedom comes.

Teen Sex That’s “No Big Deal”


The scene is a lavish bat mitzvah affair, replete with giant martini glasses and girls in slinky hipster dresses. The dolled-up bat mitzvah girl is discussing sex with her two... Read more »

Why Write a Patient’s Life as a Short Story?


After helping Holocaust survivors tell their stories, Julie Heifetz knew she could humanize healthcare if only doctors knew the narrative of the person walking into the examining room.

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