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Bima – Torah as the Matrix for Feminism


An entirely new way to see the links between feminism and Judaism: Lilith's Bima (platform) section.

Cherries From the War


Blonde and perfumed is my neighbor and her husband is a colonel.She is not to blame.I lead her through the clutter of children and out to the patio.“Come, have some cherries,” I urge her.“My husband brought them Monday, from the war.” Fat and dark red are the cherries,Cold and sweet in the heat of the... Read more »

Rivkah the Whore, The Spring After


I don’t want your grushneither silver nor goldonly heroin can buy my dreams chasing my shadow in the darkgrowing tan in my long white gowngrowing thin, my hair bleached the color of my skin, too thinto smile even. When I began,beauty was my profession. My face bright, but delicate. Now by nightthe mannequin, by day... Read more »

The Messenger


"All Jews are responsible for one another"—but how do we define the boundaries between responsibility and guilt?

Yosepha and Bas Mitzvah


Parental favoritism, sibling rivalry and revenge—-the stuff of Biblical legends—-in a farm family in modern Israel.

The Free Thinkers


The amateur marriage-brokers don’t know what they’re up against when they plot a match for Ida.

From Mame-Loshn/ Mother Tongue


I. Di rayze aheym/ The journey home                       1. Der fentster/ The windowShe looks out the window.All is present.The shadows of the pastfall elsewhere. This is the wildernessshe thinks. And our tongues have becomedry the wilderness hasdried out our tongues andwe have forgotten speech. She looks... Read more »

The Miracle of Dora Wakin’s Art


Unexpected consequences when a maturing artist turns from universal to Jewish themes.

Deeds of Love and Rage


In the fallout from the parents’ ruptured marriage, a mother and daughter preparing for Shabbat discover that their relationship too has been altered.

Malka the Fat Girl and Coming Back to Middlebury


A shtetl girl’s struggle to find self-worth in a family and a tradition that both reject her.

Of Chilblains and Rotten Rutabagas


A chapter from a novel-in-progress set mainly during World War II, by the author of Small Changes, Braided Lives and Vida.

Lines Of Communication


Dear LILITH:At the urging of the Attorney-General of Ontario (because he knows we get things done!) B’nai B’rith Women of Canada has undertaken a campaign to raise Canadian awareness re the growing tide of violent and horror-filled pornographic video-cassettes that have been pouring across our border. Although 98% of these obscene materials are coming from... Read more »

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