A Precursor to Lilith Magazine? The American Jewess was the first English-language publication directed to American Jewish women. It was published mostly as a monthly from 1895-99. Edited by Rosa Sonneschein (1847- 1932), It presented demands for synagogue membership for women; household and fashion tips; early expressions of American Zionism; and reflections on the propriety of women... Read more »
Yona Zeldis McDonough’s In Dahlia’s Wake (Doubleday, 2005), tells the simultaneously wrenching and romantic story of a Brooklyn Jewish couple (lovers since college) whose closely-woven life tears apart when their young daughter dies suddenly in a freak accident. The romance each falls into and the wisdom of an Alzheimer’s-drifting grandmother gradually help them re-weave the fabric of... Read more »
Appropriately Subversive: Modern Mothers in Traditional Religions (Harvard University Press, 2003, $35.00) is a wonderful exploration of the lives of several Orthodox Jewish women and traditional Catholic women who share many attributes. They are all feminists, religious educators, and mothers of teenage girls. The Jewish women were in Jerusalem; the Catholic ones in Chicago. Tova Hartman Halbertal is... Read more »
I had always thought my mother-in-law was called “Little Lefty,” because (1) he was short, and (2) she had been a lefthanded seamstress in the garment industry. But in the Yiddish-speaking left-wing family I married into, I learned the story was more complicated. Until the day she died, when speaking of the communist newspaper Frayhayt,... Read more »
Are Men Necessary?, Maureen Dowd’s disjointed exploration of women in post-feminist America, fails to deliver on the promise of its titillating art and provocative title. The real question underlying this book (Putnam, 2005, $25.95) is whether women—who, she believes, have been failed by feminism—can extricate themselves from their current muddle on their own, since men,... Read more »
Set in Jerusalem in 1981, Joseph Cedar’s “Campfire” focuses on a young widow trying secure a place for herself and her two adolescent daughters in one of Israel’s nascent West Bank settlements. Those expecting an overtly political or ideological film, however, are in for something very different. More than anything, “Campfire” is a personal and... Read more »
Lilith eavesdrops on a frank evening when single Jewish women talk among themselves, moderated by Susan Barocas. Plus…a tale of true love found, the perils and pleasures of internet dating, and Sandee Brawarsky on her book How to Meet a Man as Smart as You.
We've often thought the words and images from women journalists in Israel seem rich in details of daily life we don't get in standard-issue battlefront reporting. Tel Aviv based Motro asks them why
This year's winner of the annual Lilith fiction contest
Meet the poet whose Hebrew verse-and a spooky play-have been thrilling readers for decades. Now we can savor her writing in English, too.
Victims of verbal abuse from a spouse suffer many of the same traumas as survivors of physical violence. Are Jewish men-so verbally adept-likey to use words as their weapons of choice?
Want to know what took place when, in the 35 years since the current wave of feminist activism began? Want to be able to search by name for a Jewish woman active in the movement for women’s liberation? Wonder what the movement was all about? An astonishingly comprehensive new project launched by the Jewish Women’s... Read more »
Estie, 18, of Boro Park, Brooklyn is thinking about marriage. She is also thinking about her sheitl, the wig that will denote her status as a married woman. Although Estie’s hair is naturally thick and curly, her sheitl will be straight. “It’s easier,” she says. “Curly hair has to be washed and styled very often. Straight... Read more »
“In Darfur, the men and boys often eat completely separately from women and girls. The leftover food is for the women and girls,” reports Kate Newton, a program officer for the United Nations World Food Program in Sudan. None of the major humanitarian agencies that study and work on it keeps gender-specific counts, but because... Read more »
You go, girl! Germany has a new female head of state, Geena Davis’ compelling performance in Commander in Chief helps us imagine that America could, too. The presidents of prestigious Princeton, MIT and Brown are women. Miami-Dade has a veritable dynasty of effective female state’s attorneys.In Boston, the sheriff and police commissioner are women. The... Read more »
If, as historian Paula Hyman claims, there are “feminist clicks”—moments when, as a feminist woman in society, one notices one’s own invisibility—then there were certainly moments of “unclick” at the recent Jewish Women Changing America conference at Barnard College in New York, moments that provided a sense of community for American Jewish women interested in... Read more »
“The smartest thing that could have been done to keep women out of leadership roles [in the Conservative movement] would have been to keep women out of the Talmud department,”quipped Talmud scholar Rabbi Judith Hauptman at a November symposium on “Women in Law/Women in Halakhah.” “This might be the first public forum for a discussion about how... Read more »
The eyes of every player on the Brandeis women’s tennis team scanned the exhibit hall, and when they sighted their target, they zoomed in to get close. The subject of their awe towered over nearly all of them. She was Angela Buxton, the only Jewish woman to win at Wimbledon, where in 1956 she rocked the... Read more »
The good we can do feels like it’s on a sliding scale—from saving a drowning person to handing loose change to a supplicant on the street. But sometimes there are people around us drowning in ways not so obvious, and their signals for assistance may be hardly more than a whispered suggestion for a visit from... Read more »