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Lilith Magazine independent, Jewish & frankly feminist Lilith Magazine charts Jewish women’s lives with exuberance, rigor, affection, subversion and style. The magazine features award-winning investigative reports, new rituals and celebrations, first-person accounts both contemporary and historical, entertainment reviews, fiction and poetry, art and photography.

What were the transformative moments of your adolescence? Alicia Jo Rabins on three initiations—blood, bread and fire.
12/08/2021
Three Initiations

What were the transformative moments of your adolescence?

Alicia Jo Rabins on three initiations—blood, bread and fire.

Her encounters with bread, blood and fire changed her relationship with her body.

Something we love about Judaism is that we have a prayer to celebrated *everything* ...and thanks to Anna Schnur-Fishman...
12/07/2021
Bellybutton Prayer

Something we love about Judaism is that we have a prayer to celebrated *everything* ...and thanks to Anna Schnur-Fishman, we now have one for our bellybuttons!

From the current issue...

In the post-Zoom world, you can say this prayer in a circle while touching the navel of the person on your right.

Fascinated by this project from Yael Kanarek!
12/07/2021
Reversing Genders in New Torah Presentation

Fascinated by this project from Yael Kanarek!

Multimedia artist Yael Kanarek has deployed her artistic sensibility to methodically reverse the genders of every person in the Hebrew Bible.

12/07/2021
New Perspectives on Jewish Youth Hookup Culture

Join New Voices Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and Jewish Women's Archive as we deepen the dialogue around this topic and hear about how the conversation is changing, envisioning a Jewish youth culture without sexual harassment and misconduct by asking, “What would Jewish youth groups and summer camps look like with empowered consent cultures?”

Featuring Rachel Faulkner (SRE Network), Ellanora Lerner (Jewish Teens for Empowered Consent), and Drew Fidler (BBYO's Center for Adolescent Wellness).

Now that Hanukkah's over, we can retreat into our introvert shell...
12/06/2021
Introverted Woman Attends Social Event to Chuckle Here And There

Now that Hanukkah's over, we can retreat into our introvert shell...

Last Friday in an extraordinary move, 23-year-old introverted woman Natasha Thompson attended her friend’s house party to just kind of have a quiet chuckle here and there. “At first I really didn’t want to go,” Natasha told us. “I never know what to say at parties, but then I realized that...

Shot in thirty days on a scant $175,000 budget, Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (2010) is a Chagallesque mumblecore film.
12/06/2021
Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish

Shot in thirty days on a scant $175,000 budget, Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (2010) is a Chagallesque mumblecore film.

What’s not to like about an assertively Jewish film? This excerpt is from Chap. 5 of the author’s Movie-Made Jews: An American Tradition, a book dedicated to Klal Yisrael, in all its diversity.

Join Lilith, New Voices Magazine, and Jewish Women's Archive this Monday, December 6th for a panel discussion on new per...
12/05/2021

Join Lilith, New Voices Magazine, and Jewish Women's Archive this Monday, December 6th for a panel discussion on new perspectives on Jewish youth hookup culture, asking, "What would Jewish youth groups and summer camps look like with empowered consent?" RSVP here: bit.ly/allaboutconsent

Join Lilith, New Voices Magazine, and Jewish Women's Archive this Monday, December 6th for a panel discussion on new perspectives on Jewish youth hookup culture, asking, "What would Jewish youth groups and summer camps look like with empowered consent?" RSVP here: bit.ly/allaboutconsent

Fiber artist Ayala Shimelman believes in “good accidents.” After all, it was after splattering cooking oil on her favori...
12/04/2021
This Artist Never Knows What the End Will Look Like

Fiber artist Ayala Shimelman believes in “good accidents.” After all, it was after splattering cooking oil on her favorite dress in 1982 that she covered the stain with embroidery, beginning a 40-year calling.

“You can use a needle like a paintbrush.”

Looking for a Jewish moon ritual? Look no further...A new Kiddush Levanah from Harriette Mevakeshet, celebrating our moo...
12/04/2021
Mother Moon

Looking for a Jewish moon ritual? Look no further...

A new Kiddush Levanah from Harriette Mevakeshet, celebrating our moon—reaching, stretching, leaning, loving, jumping toward the heavens.

Shabbat shalom.

A Jewish ritual for gathering outside under a waxing moon.

"My mother smiles like she has a lollipop when she talks about the rabbi. Maybe he is responsible for keeping my parents...
12/04/2021
Fiction: Sanctuary

"My mother smiles like she has a lollipop when she talks about the rabbi. Maybe he is responsible for keeping my parents living under the same roof. I know she and Rabbi meet all the time."

Your weekend fiction read by Susan Merson—from Lilith's Fall 2021 Issue. [Story contains mass shooting.]

From the back of the congregation, the old men rush forward, their prayer shawls stream behind them, huge wings.

"On some subliminal level, each visit to the mikveh after my naive first bridal visit reminded me to wonder about notion...
12/04/2021
Returning to the Mikveh, Revisiting Trauma

"On some subliminal level, each visit to the mikveh after my naive first bridal visit reminded me to wonder about notions of purity: Why was I violated? Was I even a virgin until marriage? Was I pure? Who decides?" On returning to the mikvah and the miracle of her body.

[Article includes reflection on childhood trauma and sexual assault.]

Choosing to go to the mikveh this last time felt like something I had to do for myself, alone.

The newly unveiled memorials (known as  Stolpersteine, or “stumbling stones,”) in Berlin seek to bring attention to two ...
12/03/2021
New Memorials in Berlin Honor the Holocaust's Overlooked Black Victims

The newly unveiled memorials (known as Stolpersteine, or “stumbling stones,”) in Berlin seek to bring attention to two of these oft-forgotten Black victims of the Holocaust: Martha Ndumbe and Ferdinand James Allen.

Two brass "stumbling stones" are among the first to memorialize the Afro-German people murdered by the N***s

On Hanukkah, the narrative is all about bringing light to the darkness. But as Rachel Faulkner writes, dark light can—an...
12/03/2021
My light, Ori

On Hanukkah, the narrative is all about bringing light to the darkness. But as Rachel Faulkner writes, dark light can—and does—exist. This Hanukkah, let's celebrate the miracle of Black joy and beauty.

For Ori, and for all the Black babies who light hanukkiahs now…maybe this is the year we can celebrate that they, themselves, are fire.

One more Hanukkah meme couldn't hurt, right?What does your favorite Hanukkah gift say about you? Ours is A Lilith Subscr...
12/02/2021

One more Hanukkah meme couldn't hurt, right?

What does your favorite Hanukkah gift say about you? Ours is A Lilith Subscription, of course...

And if you're feeling inspired (or in need of some last-minute gift ideas for the last few nights of Hanukkah), we would also recommend making a contribution to Lilith in honor of a loved one! When you donate to Lilith, you make possible the diverse range of independent, Jewish and frankly feminist storytelling, art and events that our community craves--we couldn't do it without you! Visit lilith.org/donate today.

Thank you!

One more Hanukkah meme couldn't hurt, right?

What does your favorite Hanukkah gift say about you? Ours is A Lilith Subscription, of course...

And if you're feeling inspired (or in need of some last-minute gift ideas for the last few nights of Hanukkah), we would also recommend making a contribution to Lilith in honor of a loved one! When you donate to Lilith, you make possible the diverse range of independent, Jewish and frankly feminist storytelling, art and events that our community craves--we couldn't do it without you! Visit lilith.org/donate today.

Thank you!

When was the last time your celebrated your bellybutton? A blessing for connection from Anna Schnur-Fishman.
12/02/2021

When was the last time your celebrated your bellybutton?

A blessing for connection from Anna Schnur-Fishman.

When was the last time your celebrated your bellybutton?

A blessing for connection from Anna Schnur-Fishman.

"For Ori, and for all the Black babies who light hanukkiahs now—and will hopefully light them for decades to come—maybe ...
12/02/2021
My light, Ori

"For Ori, and for all the Black babies who light hanukkiahs now—and will hopefully light them for decades to come—maybe this is the year we can celebrate that they, themselves, are fire."

Rachel Faulkner on celebrating Black joy and light this Hanukkah.

For Ori, and for all the Black babies who light hanukkiahs now…maybe this is the year we can celebrate that they, themselves, are fire.

Tonight, we are lighting candle #4 in honor of the continued fight for reproductive justice. At Lilith, we believe that ...
12/01/2021

Tonight, we are lighting candle #4 in honor of the continued fight for reproductive justice.

At Lilith, we believe that access to reproductive healthcare--namely, abortion--is sacred. In light of today's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization hearing, and reflecting on legislation passed in the last several months, we are reminded of just how fragile this access is. As we light our menorahs tonight, we hope you'll join us in our vow to continue to advocate for all people in need of reproductive healthcare.

Tonight, we are lighting candle #4 in honor of the continued fight for reproductive justice.

At Lilith, we believe that access to reproductive healthcare--namely, abortion--is sacred. In light of today's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization hearing, and reflecting on legislation passed in the last several months, we are reminded of just how fragile this access is. As we light our menorahs tonight, we hope you'll join us in our vow to continue to advocate for all people in need of reproductive healthcare.

Listening to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we have the queasy feeling of being in a car being driven rec...
12/01/2021
Abortion or Death

Listening to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we have the queasy feeling of being in a car being driven recklessly in reverse...

Decades later, at a Jewish symposium on abortion, a male leader self-righteously intoned, “Abortion is never an easy decision.” He’d obviously never been there.

"Often, when I try to speak about it, I am silenced by cultural narratives that want our ancestors and families to be pu...
12/01/2021
“Ismail’s Dilemma”: Hidden Jewish Histories of the Balkans

"Often, when I try to speak about it, I am silenced by cultural narratives that want our ancestors and families to be purely good or purely bad, when they’re neither—only human."

Mirushe Zylali on the nuanced historical portrayal of gentile Albanians protecting Jewish ones in "Dilema e Ismailit"(Ismail’s Dilemma) directed by Dhimiter Ismailaj-Valona.

In a story about gentile Albanians protecting Jewish ones, I saw what my Muslim great grandparents, living in N**i-occupied North Macedonia in the 1940s, experienced.

Need something to read after lighting the 3rd candles? From the Lilith archive (best enjoyed while eating way to many pi...
11/30/2021
The Ethics of Hanukkah Gelt

Need something to read after lighting the 3rd candles? From the Lilith archive (best enjoyed while eating way to many pieces of fair trade Hanukkah gelt)...

What does pursuing justice have to do with gelt?

And now, a quick break from our Hanukkah content to talk about Shmita...
11/30/2021
Vayeshev: Equal Social Dignity, By Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin - Hazon

And now, a quick break from our Hanukkah content to talk about Shmita...

“So whether you wear a coat of many colors or a simple shift when you glean, shmita is a reminder that we are all the same: temporary tenants wholly dependent on the gifts of this God-given world.” “Now Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had m...

Art making, live, music, and candle lighting—all with Lilith!On Wednesday, December 1, 8-9 pm ET, join Lilith’s staff, c...
11/30/2021

Art making, live, music, and candle lighting—all with Lilith!

On Wednesday, December 1, 8-9 pm ET, join Lilith’s staff, contributors, readers & fans to celebrate Lilith’s Fall 2021 Issue with a virtual happy hour. Explore the sanctity of the belly button with Lilith authors Rabbi Susan Schnur and Anna Schnur-Fishman and get your creative juices flowing by making belly button amulets (if you raised your eyebrows, we can’t wait to see you!)

Bring your own menorah to light the Hanukkah candles and enjoy a live performance of Sephardic holiday music by Gina Sobel RSVP: Bit.ly/bellybuttons

Art making, live, music, and candle lighting—all with Lilith!

On Wednesday, December 1, 8-9 pm ET, join Lilith’s staff, contributors, readers & fans to celebrate Lilith’s Fall 2021 Issue with a virtual happy hour. Explore the sanctity of the belly button with Lilith authors Rabbi Susan Schnur and Anna Schnur-Fishman and get your creative juices flowing by making belly button amulets (if you raised your eyebrows, we can’t wait to see you!)

Bring your own menorah to light the Hanukkah candles and enjoy a live performance of Sephardic holiday music by Gina Sobel RSVP: Bit.ly/bellybuttons

"Regardless of how I’m feeling about my body that day, when I put tefillin on in the morning, I have to look at my arm, ...
11/29/2021
Ritually Obligated By My Body

"Regardless of how I’m feeling about my body that day, when I put tefillin on in the morning, I have to look at my arm, have to feel my forehead, have to interface with something that often causes me discomfort and that I would maybe rather pretend wasn’t there."

Elana Rebitzer on embracing the ritual of laying tefillin.

Laying tefillin as a woman helped her unwrap herself from the self-consciousness plaguing so many of us.

"While I appreciate that Hanukkah is a holiday that finally – finally! – allows some women into the story and ritual, so...
11/28/2021
Hanukkah: Fiery Feminist Holiday or Women’s Consolation Prize?

"While I appreciate that Hanukkah is a holiday that finally – finally! – allows some women into the story and ritual, something still gave me pause. It took me years to realize why"
- Rishe Groner

From the Lilith archive:

Women are usually exempt from time-bound mitzvot. Not so during Hanukkah. But why does this apparently feminist holiday still give the author pause?

On Hanukkah and tzedakah...Anna Schnur-Fishman's wise words from the Lilith archive!
11/28/2021
8 Lessons for Hanukkah, Useful All Year

On Hanukkah and tzedakah...

Anna Schnur-Fishman's wise words from the Lilith archive!

A ninth-grader derives tzedakah lessons as she sorts through her family’s philanthropy.

We absolutely love this Kurdish Jewish Hanukkah tradition."Using sticks and rags, children would construct a small doll ...
11/28/2021
The Tastes of a Kurdish Hanukkah

We absolutely love this Kurdish Jewish Hanukkah tradition.

"Using sticks and rags, children would construct a small doll which represented infamous Antiochus, the leader of the Seleucids and persecutor of the Jews. When the fire reached its apex they would rip off the cloth beard and throw it into the flames while singing “Antiochus! Antiochus!” The adults, meanwhile, would burn the remaining Hanukkiah wicks and say “The small candles of the Jews is a sign of the coming of winter.”

On Agripas Street in Jerusalem, between the workers’ diners and the outdoor market, there is a Kurdish Cultural center. With a dwindling num

Do you look for a Jewish landmark wherever you travel? Penny Jackson on antisemitism abroad...
11/27/2021
The Missing Jewish Ghetto of Trieste

Do you look for a Jewish landmark wherever you travel?

Penny Jackson on antisemitism abroad...

I wanted to stay on the cruise boat to sunbathe, but my mother wanted to see The Jewish Ghetto of Trieste.

From the Lilith archive for Hanukkah— Top Chef judge and cookbook author Gail Simmons on inventing a Latke Reuben #lilit...
11/27/2021
Top Chef Judge Talks About #MeToo and Latke Reubens with Lilith

From the Lilith archive for Hanukkah— Top Chef judge and cookbook author Gail Simmons on inventing a Latke Reuben #lilitharchive

With a prominent role on Top Chef, a new cookbook on the shelves, and a four-year-old daughter at home, Gail Simmons’ plate is full.

Who can resist curried sweet potato and apple latkes—with spiced cranberry-pear sauce? This Hanukkah, take advantage of ...
11/27/2021
A Seasonal Sensational Thanksgivukkah in Five Recipes

Who can resist curried sweet potato and apple latkes—with spiced cranberry-pear sauce?

This Hanukkah, take advantage of seasonal bounty with Chef Susan Barocas's recipes.

This year, let’s carry the best of Thanksgiving into our Hanukkah celebrations, grateful for every bit of light and deliciousness we bring into the world.

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Join New Voices Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and JWA TONIGHT at 8PM ET over Zoom on how the #MeToo movement has impacted Jewish youth spaces, addressing toxic sexual cultures in youth groups and summer camps. More info: https://j.mp/3DaIT59
Join New Voices Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and JWA TOMORROW, December 6th, at 8PM ET over Zoom on how the #MeToo movement has impacted Jewish youth spaces, addressing toxic sexual cultures in youth groups and summer camps. More info: https://j.mp/3lpzdOc
Join New Voices Magazine, Lilith Magazine, and JWA on Monday, December 6th, at 8PM over Zoom on how the #MeToo movement has impacted Jewish youth spaces, addressing toxic sexual cultures in youth groups and summer camps. More info: https://j.mp/3lhUaKL
I was honored recently when this page shared an article I'd written on adoption ethics, in which I quote one of your articles from 1998, by an adoptee. Today, I feel called to share another, slightly-more-recent (only 6 year-old) Lilith article, about fostering--through the child's reunification with her family--by Jewish foster mom and writer Tamar Fox. My husband and I are not foster parents, and don't know that we ever will be (though I'd love to think it possible, if useful). I recognize that there is much wrong with the child welfare system that needs remedy/reform (and some would go further). But caring for the children caught in that system, and helping their struggling families have the best chance possible of staying together, seems like holy work when THAT is the kavannah/intention. https://lilith.org/articles/choosing-to-be-a-foster-mom/ Next up? How to support families before they are threatened with separation in the first place...
People of faith don't all think the same way about abortion. Sarah Seltzer of Lilith Magazine shares how for many Jewish Americans, fighting for abortion access has deep roots in Jewish belief. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/18/opinion/abortion-rights-judaism.htm
TODAY is the *LAST* day to see KlezKanada community member Daniel Toretsky's exhibit "Tower of the Sacred & Ordinary" at Fentster gallery, co-presented by KlezKanada! A groysn, hartsikn dank to the team at Fentster gallery for being an amazing partner. To honour this extraordinary "roving ritual" on closing day, check out Lilith Magazine's article on the relationship between imaginary futures and art. Read the article at the link below:
Wonderful Lilith Magazine feature with 6 more days to catch Daniel Toretsky's FENTSTER installation in our window gallery!! As part of his creative process, Toretsky asked a diverse group of North American Jewish artists how our current communities might be memorialized by future generations.... here you can read what Sharoni Sibony, Sara Yacobi-Harris, Lillie Pearlman, Gisun and Ari Lewis-Weigens shared with him. >>>>>>>>>> Tower of the Sacred & Ordinary is on view until November 17. Co-presented with KlezKanada. 🙂
Swan Isle Press is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Michéle Sarde's intimate and moving novel, RETURNING FROM SILENCE (May, 2022), exquisitely translated from the original French by Rupert Swyer. Returning from Silence | Jenny’s Story Michèle Sarde (Georgetown University) Translated by Rupert Swyer https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/R/bo168621537.html (University of Chicago Press) https://swanislepress.com/?gs_bookshowcase=returning-from-silence-jennys-story (Swan Isle Press) Swan Isle Press’s forthcoming books: https://swanislepress.com/?page_id=478 ======== Born in Brittany on the threshold of World War II, novelist Michèle Sarde had long been silent about her origins. After her mother, Jenny, finally shared their family history, Sarde decided to reconstruct Jenny’s journey, including her exile from Salonica, move to Paris in 1921, and assimilation in France. The N**i occupation then forced her and her family to hide and conceal their Jewish identity, and in this retelling, Sarde shows how Jenny fights with everything she has to survive the Holocaust and protect her daughter. Returning from Silence is a powerful saga that reaches deep into Jewish history, opening with the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and their settlement in a more tolerant Ottoman Empire. Sephardi culture and language flourished in Salonica for four centuries, but with the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920s, and the sense of troubling times to come, Jenny’s family felt impelled to leave their much-loved city and rebuild their lives in France. Their years in France led to change that none could have fully expected, and then, the Holocaust. The trauma lasts well into the post-war period, silencing both mother and daughter in unanticipated ways. Through this family history, Sarde sensitively raises questions about identity, migration, and assimilation while weaving fiction together with history, research, and testimony to bring the characters’ stories to life. ===== France-Amérique Magazine Vanity Fair France Cultural Services of the French Embassy Alliance française Paris Ile-de-France Alliance Française de Chicago Alliance Française de Milwaukee Alliance Française Sydney Alliance Francaise Los Angeles Alliance Française de Washington DC Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) The New Yorker Times Literary Supplement Le Monde United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Jewish Review of Books The Forward Tablet Magazine Lilith Magazine Asymptote Literary Hub World Literature Today Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington
See you TONIGHT at 7PM ET for the paperback launch of EVENING with Nessa Rapoport and Mattie Kahn, hosted virtually by Shakespeare & Co. and Lilith Magazine! https://buff.ly/2YguExi
On Tuesday, 10/5 at 7PM ET, join Nessa Rapoport and Mattie Kahn for the paperback launch of EVENING hosted by Shakespeare & Co. and Lilith Magazine! Register here: https://buff.ly/3CweSNf Preorder EVENING from Shakespeare & Co. here: https://buff.ly/3A5yqpX
On Friday, Avodah NY Program Director Jennifer Turner published a piece for Lilith Magazine discussing the importance of spaces like our Jews of color bayit - and her personal experiences with racism in white Jewish institutions. "It means that even as we sing camp songs, daven, do community service, bake challah and celebrate chagim with joy and love, we still also experience exclusion, invisibility and marginalization." Read more here: https://lilith.org/2021/09/what-would-it-look-like-to-create-safe-inclusive-spaces-for-jews-of-color/
It’s time to renew our myths!! 🍎 🐍 ⏰ . . . At this season, at this changeful and challenging time in our world, as we prepare to turn our sacred scroll all the way back to the start and begin our cycle of reading over again, let us re-encounter our foundational stories of how we as humans began and repair the harm that had been caused by interpretations that blame women, sever us from nature and disconnect us from our bodies and intuition. . 📖To re-encounter and re-interpret the stories that have shaped us is perhaps the ultimate act of teshuva.📖 . . Thanks to Lilith Magazine for publishing this excerpt from Rabbi Adina’s Rosh Hashanah drash! . .