Lilith FeatureJews & Tattoos
Whether it’s a full sleeve of biblical figures or a small flower on an ankle, every tattoo has a story to tell.
Jews and Tattoos, in all their complex glory • Are you ready for the new abortion landscape? • Comfort food forever • This legendary labor activist and her surprising choices • Antisemitism on Facebook • A girlhood in Eastern Europe, before the Nazis came...Table of contents Get the issue
I squeeze my eyes shut against the bright light and try to imagine sun on my face, and the padded table a chaise lounge.
Here’s news you’ve been fearing. It’s a matter of when, not if, Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
She placed a cutting of pansies (representing love, thoughtfulness and remembrance) on my lower back—done in public, it was another step in reclaiming my power and personhood.
Debra Olin's new art series, "Every Protection", explores the themes of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood through monoprint collage and installation art.
St. Louis’ premier small professional theatre, The New Jewish, reopened to the public after 20 months of pandemic closure.
My tattoos envelop me in ancestral connection.
A recent virtual event from Yodeah, Strong Women Making Powerful Choices, featured a panel of medical experts in obstetrics and gynecology sharing the importance of educating ourselves on the issue of testing for hereditary genetic mutations.
As a soon-to-be rabbi I’ve thought about what I might say when questioned about my tattoos. Tattoos represent the boldness of what it means to be living. They have also helped me heal.
Artist Yael Kanarek, has “taken back the biblical narrative for herself and all women” in her multimedia project, “The Regendered Bible.”
For me, my tattoos are declarations of what I love, what is important to me, and who I am.
When I decided to get my first tattoo, I knew it would be a rose in her memory to remind myself and family that her life had meaning and was a blessing.
For years, I wanted to get a tattoo in honor of my best friend, Hannah, who was killed in a plane crash on New Year’s eve, 2018. As time passed and people began to move forward, I yearned for a constant physical reminder of her presence in my life. But I was nervous that I... Read more »
By creating a part of my body apart from the genes of my parents, I am renaming my body, and imprinting it with my own mark.
The number that they inscribed on my grandfather’s arm, coincidentally or serendipitously, totaled 18. One of my favorite things he ever said was, “They tried to write our deaths, little did they know they inscribed life onto our arms.”
Some of my inks were quite painful, but as I get them I think to myself, “This is easier than it was being homeless,” or “There’s a Nazi out there who could handle this, don’t let him beat you.”
"The idea that Black people can’t is based in the institutional racism of tattoo history.” Who knew? I have an amazing technicolor Ocean cresting on my shoulder.
The National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities provides a resource for families in search of information on legal matters, mental health services, parenting tips, and connections to other parents.
Introducing: Minyan, a quarterly Jewish literary magazine.
One of the first things they did to Jewish women when they took them in Morocco, they tattooed their faces, like to say “For life, you are not a Jew anymore.”
Hebrew Union College’s Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York City honors 50 years of women in the Rabbinate with a new exhibit.
Introducing: The Golden Peacock - The Voice of the Yiddish Writer.
When I teach about smashing the idolatry of fatphobia and creating communities where all bodies belong, I am often asked this question in some form Can I support fat liberation and still want to lose weight? Here’s my answer: My dear sweet person, there is not a single desire that you are not allowed to... Read more »
Today when we think about faith and reproductive rights, it’s easy to begin with the idea that religious groups oppose abortion. The modern anti-abortion movement, after all, arose as a coalition between conservative evangelicals and conservative Catholics. But as Lilith has chronicled for decades, the Jewish stance is more complex, with roots in the Book... Read more »
Is there any more iconic duo than great noshes and stories of iconic women?
From January 3–April 15, 2022, observe Shmita—the ancient Jewish practice of letting the land lie fallow every seven years— with Embodied Shmita!
Chai Flicks recently debuted Asylum City, a new Israeli television series centering on a murder in Tel Aviv—but it’s way more than crime drama!
The Disability & Philanthropy Forum is a treasure trove of resources to help organizations improve accessibility of all modes.
In February, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival returns at last.
At Lilith, I made a conscious choice, long after my own children were grown, that there would be no opprobrium for leaving a meeting to take care of a sick child, for bringing a baby to work for a few hours when other arrangements unravel, for taking needed time to care for a family medical crisis, or wanting private space to use a breast pump.
A chef confirms our beliefs about why soup matters.
Fiction by Beth Kanell.
"my grandmother squeezed regrets and rough journeys through white muslin"
Shmita is a reminder that we are all the same: temporary tenants wholly dependent on the gifts of this God-given world.
It was the Spring of 2005. I had just arrived in the Midwest and was so excited for what I thought was my dream job: the Director of Youth Services for a Jewish nonprofit. But, what started as a dream turned out to be a nightmare. Out of 50 staff members, I was the only... Read more »
We covered Pelekini with the soft Earth, we smoothly and naturally transitioned into Kaddish, then the Spanish version of ‘Our Father,’ and finally a Quechua verse taught to me by an adopted grandmother I had while living in my native Peru as a young adult: Kanwan kasaq, aman sakerpariwankichu. Yuyaymanaykim. I will be with you,... Read more »
Part of my personal pleasure in reading the most recent contribution to feminist literary studies by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar was being in the company of writers whose collaboration and commitment to women’s writing has accompanied me—quite literally—through the four decades of my education and career in Gender Studies and Literature. Effortlessly readable,... Read more »
What is left to say about the Netanyahus? The family, of course—but also the novel by Joshua Cohen,
The characters orbiting these women accuse them of being selfish, shallow, of leading meaningless lives, of being abnormal.
My daughter’s name is Ori, which translates from Hebrew into English as “my light.” When my wife and I dreamed her up—years before we started the process of actually creating her—we talked about naming her “Light,” in English. And then one day we discussed the realities of raising a little Black girl in our world,... Read more »
We were a small group that morning; no more than eight and I recognized one of the Argentinians from the Passover service. He was a short dark young man wearing a black suit too warm for the hot weather. I barely noticed his yarmulke until the tour guide, a tall woman wearing large sunglasses and... Read more »
Brimming with privilege, the inhabitants of the wealthy Connecticut suburb that is the setting for the second novel from Bethany Ball, The Pessimists (Grove, $27.00), seem to have it all. But surfaces can be deceiving and beneath the glittering veneer of sumptuous houses, luxury cars and shocking private school tuitions, things are sordid. Adultery, longing,... Read more »
Young Ashkenazi Jews hoping to find the more witchy aspects of their ethnicity can now happily browse this reference guide to their own folk medicine.
Early in The Girl in the Red Boots [She Writes Press, $16.95], Judith Ruskay Rabinor describes a childhood medical trauma: waking from surgery to learn her mother hadn’t told her beforehand the procedure would occur; instead, she’d been she was going to a birthday party! However, Rabinor holds the nuance: her mother’s hope was to... Read more »
Back in October, the Union for Reform Judaism sent out an email to their mailing list titled “An Important Update for Our URJ Community.” As I scanned the message, my eyes unexpectedly welled up with tears. In this letter, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman, chair of the URJ’s North American board... Read more »
One of the reasons I love tattooing so much is, to me, it does feel like a reclamation of something that was done to us that we now have the power to control, take back and use for our liberation.
Tattoos, crazy hair, and a prosthetic leg do not take away from my badass Jewishness.
[The Torah] seems to be telling us that this too is holy, too, the moments we do not choose obedience.
I am more myself now than I was without a single tattoo, and I think that is inherently God-loving. To love myself so wholly is to love God the same way.
There's a defiant spirit inherent to Judaism that I carry with my practice. My tattoos make life enjoyable for me; they helped me find my queer identity and love my body.
This fall’s hot-off-the-presses report that there is rampant sexual abuse in the Reform Movement that has been covered up for decades should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The #MeToo-inspired outing of former HUC professor Steven M. Cohen brought about testimonies of decades of abuse at HUC and across Reform... Read more »