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Winter 2016-2017

What Comes Next?

What's next in our political (and personal) moment? Three responses: PTSD, Purim, Peace marches. How to democratize Talmud. A counterintuitive parenting manifesto. Truths about families as a source of pain—and pleasure.

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Women Changing How You Learn Talmud

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What’s Next?

Lilith Feature

The Women’s Marches: An Online-Only Supplement

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“Bring Your Teaspoon”

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We have gathered here are from many faiths, cultural and ethnic traditions and walks of life.  We have come as Americans, especially as American women. In our diversity – we are the face of America.   We come with one voice and one resolve to say—We are not going back. In 1960 a woman could... Read more »

Jewish Feminists Report Back from 18 Marches

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Perspectives on the Women's Marches from around the world. 

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

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Joan L. RothWashington, D.C. Shira GorelickWashington, D.C. Amy StoneWashington, D.C. Phyllis Holman WeisbardMadison, Wisconsin Laura BlattSanta Rosa, California Miriam Bat-AmiWashington, D.C. Kathy MazurKnoxville, Tennessee Alice Sparberg AlexiouManhattan, New York Carol BerkowerWashington, D.C. Ariel Gleaner and Abby SolomonWashington, D.C. Zazi PopeLos Angeles, California Sue FischlowitzSt. Louis, Missouri Susie AskanaseHouston, Texas Sharon Ann Musher & Elena Musher... Read more »

At Columbus Circle, January 19, 2017

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I fly through midtown, past rows of cops. There is a whole wall of them in front of Trump Tower, and I stop to scan the building, which curves like a black fang all the way up to the jet-black stratosphere. The light around me is blurry, thick with smoke. The streets are studded with Bergdorf... Read more »

A Rabbi’s Benediction from Sedona, AZ

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On a blustery day in Sedona and the Verde Valley in Arizona, Rabbi Alicia Magal delivered these remarks to the hundreds of assembled marchers. Look around.  In this challenging weather perhaps mirroring our internal weather, we are gathered peacefully to walk a path together.  A path of hope, of compassion, of upholding rights for minorities and rights... Read more »

Reconnecting in D.C. 40 Years Later

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It all started with an email, as many stories seem to these days.  “I’m going to the Women’s March in Washington,” I wrote to my family-of-choice, the 60-something women friends I’ve laughed and wept with all of my adult life. “Want to come?” In our twenties we lived together in a communal house, rented from... Read more »

Low-Touch Parenting

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A millennial mother puts forth the radical idea that parents are people, worthy of a life away from their progeny. Bonus: better for the kids, too. Check out her four-point manifesto. 

Marching for Change

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Israeli lessons for grass-roots action in the U.S.?

When I Could Separate…

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Post-Trump P.T.S.D. 

Recasting the Purim Narrative

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This moment calls for it. 

The Revolution Will Not Be Translated

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Rabbi Lappe teaches Talmud to the 99%—Jews who’ve never had a chance to learn Talmud in its original Aramaic and Hebrew. Even people who don’t know the Hebrew alphabet are welcomed at svara, her inclusive academy. 

Clelia Piperno

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Meet the Roman powerhouse behind the first-ever translation of the Talmud into Italian. And the Italian government picked up the tab. 

Family Meals Without Reservations

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Her parents disparaged everything about her that they construed as Jewish, so Fieldsteel was stuffed, starved and shamed. Now in her 70s, she tells what helped. 

Overlooked Women at the Homestead Hebrew Congregation

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A tech exec, Hepps becomes obsessed with musty paper archives in a small Pennsylvania town. Though a feisty feminist, clues to women’s lives elude her. Why? 

Remnants

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She pieces together the fragmented stories of her Holocaust-survivor parents by cataloguing their tender habits of preservation. Everything —including the carpeting—falls under Sky’s careful scrutiny. 

The shiva rice pudding

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A poem by Ellen Steinbaum 

Boundaries

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A short story by Ilene Raymond Rush.

Exile

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In 1915, Mason’s Bukharian mother was forced from Jerusalem by the Ottoman rulers. Three generations recall the fragrant recipes of this history, and its tremors. 

When Molly and I Went to Florida to Visit Our Grandmother

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Everyone stays in character. 

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