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Gut Morgen, Rifka Leibowitz

I never met my Great Aunt Rifka or even saw a photograph of her. Yet I’ve always had a clear picture of her in my mind, in a wheelchair, smiling.  She has no legs and she’s wearing a fur stole with fox heads. 

Seder-Masochism: Beyond the Orange and Miriam’s Cup

By now these items are standard fare at a feminist seder – the once transgressive orange on the Seder Plate; Miriam’s cup of clear, life-giving water next to Elijah’s cup of blood red wine. But wait! Most of us have yet to dig beneath the God and Moses Exodus story, even with Aviva Cantor’s “Jewish… Read more »

Siona Benjamin Paints Lilith of the Present

For Benjamin, and most feminists who have adopted (or adapted) Lilith in art or literature, the mythological first wife of Adam stands as an icon of independence and courage

Esther in a New World

As part of his only recorded direct speech in the book of Esther, Mordechai exhorts his orphaned cousin Esther to appeal to King Ahaseurus, suggesting that Queen Esther’s raison d’etre was to rise to the occasion and deliver the Jewish people from danger. And yet, as a new anthology of essays suggests, Queen Esther has… Read more »

A Reproductive Shabbat

Until we are comfortable loudly discussing abortion and reproductive freedom in our communities, we will inadvertently perpetuate the idea that abortion is taboo.