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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.

From our current issue: Patti Kenner's approach to supporting democracy and Jewish learning
02/16/2020
Political Hospitality

From our current issue: Patti Kenner's approach to supporting democracy and Jewish learning

Patti Kenner’s political hospitality

"What’s striking, says the lead author of the study, Michael Garcia, is that earlier research had concluded that women i...
02/14/2020
Opinion | How to Make Your Marriage Gayer

"What’s striking, says the lead author of the study, Michael Garcia, is that earlier research had concluded that women in general were likely to report the most relationship distress. But it turns out that’s only women married to men."

Same-sex spouses feel more satisfied with their partners than heterosexual ones. What’s the secret?

Want to participate in our contest to win a spot in our pre-Launch Party tour of the Rachel Feinstein exhibit, but feeli...
02/13/2020

Want to participate in our contest to win a spot in our pre-Launch Party tour of the Rachel Feinstein exhibit, but feeling a little shy? Just email us your entry! Tell us through pictures, poetry, or prose how you've confronted conformity. Winners will be contacted on Feb 17th.
Good luck!

Today is NYC Day Against Hate! Numerous organizations around the city are uniting to combat Islamophobia, antisemitism, ...
02/13/2020
For Jews of Color, by Jews of Color

Today is NYC Day Against Hate! Numerous organizations around the city are uniting to combat Islamophobia, antisemitism, xenophobia, racism, homophobia & transphobia, and all forms of identity-based violence. Check out Arielle Korman's blog post excerpted in our current issue to learn how the Jews of Color Torah Academy is creating Jewish spaces of learning and community for and by Jews of Color.

Jews of Color Torah Academy

From the #LilithArchive: Breast Cancer Advice Refusenik #SharsheretPinkDay
02/12/2020
Breast Cancer Advice Refusenik

From the #LilithArchive: Breast Cancer Advice Refusenik #SharsheretPinkDay

In the wake of the recent controversy and confusion over proposed new guidelines cutting down on how often one should have a mammogram to screen for breast cancer, “Be Vigilant!” seems to be the ra...

Ready to Confront Conformity?On February 20th, before celebrating Lilith’s Winter 2020 Issue with Jewish Book Council, T...
02/12/2020

Ready to Confront Conformity?

On February 20th, before celebrating Lilith’s Winter 2020 Issue with Jewish Book Council, The Jewish Museum and Tablet Magazine, we’ll have an exciting tour of the Jewish Museum’s exhibit, Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. We’re looking for 10 people to join us for the tour. But how will we ever choose?

This week, show us how you’re confronting conformity through pictures, poetry or prose on social media. To enter, post on one of the following social media platforms how you’ve confronted conformity in your own life—or how you wished you had! Tag Lilith (@lilithmagazine on all platforms) and use the hashtag #ConfrontConformity.

-Facebook (300 words or fewer, please)
-Instagram (for all you visual artists!)
-Twitter (make it snappy!)

Lilith will contact ten winners (four Facebook, three Instagram, and three Twitter) via email on Feb. 17. Good luck! Keep in mind Lilith magazine’s nonconformist tagline: independent, Jewish & frankly feminist.

In honor of #SharsheretPinkDay, some resources for breast cancer fighters and survivors, from the #LilithArchive.
02/12/2020
Information, Support, Restorative Relaxation

In honor of #SharsheretPinkDay, some resources for breast cancer fighters and survivors, from the #LilithArchive.

❥ Sharsheret is a nonprofit organization created originally for young Jewish women with breast cancer, and now describes itself as “the Jewish breast and ovarian cancer community.” Sharsheret.org ...

A Prayerbook for Everyone, Regardless of Gender
02/11/2020
A Prayer Book for Everyone, Regardless of Gender.

A Prayerbook for Everyone, Regardless of Gender

Without the willingness to cautiously and responsibly, shape and reshape the practice of Jewish prayer, it will cease to be a source of life, joy, and meaning and become a burdensome rote observanc...

Incentivizing Congregations to Hire Women in Clergy Roles
02/11/2020
Incentivizing Congregations to Hire Women in Clergy Roles

Incentivizing Congregations to Hire Women in Clergy Roles

A new program at JOFA intends to increase paid spiritual leadership positions for Orthodox women in Orthodox synagogues with funds of up to $10,000 per year if the synagogue commits twice the sum f...

One question for Arun Viswanath- “How do you take this story which is very much in this Christian European fantasy tradi...
02/11/2020
The Inside Story of How Harry Potter Was Translated Into Yiddish

One question for Arun Viswanath- “How do you take this story which is very much in this Christian European fantasy tradition, transpose it into Yiddish language, make it feel Yiddish, have the characters speak in a way which feels natural to Yiddish, but not make it Jewish?”

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one of the most translated works of fiction in human history. Over the last two decades, it has appeared in over 80 languages, ranging from well-trodden tongues like French and German to more exotic idioms like Gaelic and Latin. Today, that collection expands ...

Mazel tov to HIAS and all who played a role in this fight! This settlement requires the government to expedite the refug...
02/10/2020
Major Settlement Secures Relief for Refugees Left Behind by Refugee Ban

Mazel tov to HIAS and all who played a role in this fight! This settlement requires the government to expedite the refugee resettlement applications of over 300 refugees affected by the ban, including all individual plaintiffs and any other refugees who had reached the final stages of processing in October 2017, but still have pending applications.

SEATTLE – Today, the government entered into a major settlement with plaintiffs in Jewish Family Service v.

On the Lilith Blog: Yasmine Rana on the significance of Anne Frank to her life
02/10/2020
Anne and Her Shadows

On the Lilith Blog: Yasmine Rana on the significance of Anne Frank to her life

Although the scenes appeared as mere shadows and whispers, I couldn’t make them disappear. With age came a clearer sense of past and present. Being on stage playing Anne protected me from those f...

Tu Bishvat, a Jewish celebration of trees and the environment, begins tonight through tomorrow, Feb. 10. It got us think...
02/09/2020
Ode to the New Year's Tree

Tu Bishvat, a Jewish celebration of trees and the environment, begins tonight through tomorrow, Feb. 10. It got us thinking about some other trees, including... New Year's Trees! #TuBishvat #LilithArchives

When Soviet Jews emigrated to the US, they were often criticized by American Jews for putting up New Year's Trees. It still happens. And needs to stop.

How has Fran Drescher influenced your life?
02/09/2020
Fran Drescher, Millennial Whisperer

How has Fran Drescher influenced your life?

The former “Nanny” is back with a new NBC sitcom, “Indebted,” young fans like Cardi B and an arsenal of GIFs. “I’m kind of an influencer,” she said.

What is the value of a women-centered political party? From the Lilith blog: Elana Szokman on the Kol Hanashim Women’s P...
02/09/2020
Why We Started a New Women’s Political Party in Israel

What is the value of a women-centered political party? From the Lilith blog: Elana Szokman on the Kol Hanashim Women’s Party in Israel

Studies show that women’s inclusion in decision-making is necessary for lasting peace.

"Should only childfree adults take the risks inherent in certain kinds of political activism?" Ellen Meeropol reflects o...
02/09/2020
Author’s Note – Ellen Meeropol on Her Sister’s Tattoo

"Should only childfree adults take the risks inherent in certain kinds of political activism?" Ellen Meeropol reflects on choice and responsibility in her life and the lives of her in-laws, Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, in her review of three novels.

Author’s Note – Ellen Meeropol on Her Sister’s Tattoo 0 By Mom Egg Review on February 3, 2020 Authors' NotesWhen They Take the Childrenby Ellen Meeropol We are outraged at the recent separation of migrant children from their families, but family separation is not new. It has been used for cen...

From the Lilith blog: At a Jewish Summer Camp, Elana Rebitzer encourages girls to participate in a practice commonly ass...
02/07/2020
When I Tried to Get Girls to Wear Tefillin

From the Lilith blog: At a Jewish Summer Camp, Elana Rebitzer encourages girls to participate in a practice commonly assumed to be only for boys and men.

That summer, and every summer since, I’ve been one of the only women to wear tefillin at prayer services every morning.

"Today I am Israel's first Ethiopian representative in the Eurovision. I’m very proud” -Eden Alene
02/07/2020
Israel to send its first ever Ethiopian contestant to Eurovision 2020

"Today I am Israel's first Ethiopian representative in the Eurovision. I’m very proud” -Eden Alene

Eden Alene, 19, won the Israeli version of the 'X-Factor' 2 years ago and on Tuesday became the public's choice to be the recipient of a slot in the prestigious singing competition in Netherlands; 'Look how far the Ethiopian community has come,' says Kiryat Gat native

Confront conformity with authors Abby Cha­va Stein & Goldie Gold­bloom--in a con­ver­sa­tion with Stephanie But­nick of ...
02/07/2020
Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation: Confronting Conformity

Confront conformity with authors Abby Cha­va Stein & Goldie Gold­bloom--in a con­ver­sa­tion with Stephanie But­nick of Tablet Mag­a­zine. Join Lilith readers, writers, editors and many new friends to toast Lilith’s Winter 2020 Issue, as part of the "Unpacking the Book" series. Cop­re­sent­ed by Jewish Book Council, The Jewish Museum, Tablet Magazine, and Lilith--independent, Jewish & frankly feminist.

When? Feb. 20, 7-9 pm
Where? The Jewish Museum

Hear authors Abby Stein and Goldie Goldbloom in a conversation with Stephanie Butnick, Tablet Magazine.

Reproductive justice is about more than abortion and birth control! Read Katha Pollitt's “Fetal Personhood Is Maternal P...
02/06/2020
Treating Pregnant Women Like Criminals

Reproductive justice is about more than abortion and birth control! Read Katha Pollitt's “Fetal Personhood Is Maternal Punishment,” excerpted in our Winter issue.

Pregnancy and criminality

What everyday objects evoke emotion for you? Rachel Wineberg's poem in our Winter issue explores the process of sorting ...
02/04/2020
"I Threw Out"

What everyday objects evoke emotion for you? Rachel Wineberg's poem in our Winter issue explores the process of sorting through a lost loved one's belongings.
https://www.lilith.org/articles/i-threw-out/

Your toothbrush, dental floss, soap, glasses, socks, stained T-shirts, 12 lipsticks, 3 rouges, 5 tubes of foundation, sunscreen, unopened deodorant. I kept the eye cream.   I threw out a piece...

Egalitarian observance: it's complicated.
02/04/2020
When I Tried to Get Girls to Wear Tefillin

Egalitarian observance: it's complicated.

That summer, and every summer since, I’ve been one of the only women to wear tefillin at prayer services every morning.

Heard about Abby Stein's new memoir, Becoming Eve? Read an excerpt in our new issue:https://www.lilith.org/articles/i-kn...
02/03/2020
I Knew I Was a Girl

Heard about Abby Stein's new memoir, Becoming Eve? Read an excerpt in our new issue:
https://www.lilith.org/articles/i-knew-i-was-a-girl/

“LOOK WHO IS HERE!” Zeide Stein exclaimed as I walked into the sukkah one afternoon. “It’s the upshern yingel!” It’s the boy who is about to get a haircut. In the Hasidic community, boys get their ...

Fiction in our Winter Issue:https://www.lilith.org/articles/compliance/
02/03/2020
Compliance

Fiction in our Winter Issue:

https://www.lilith.org/articles/compliance/

She knows the neighbors call on her because she is childless—an anomaly, a two-headed turtle in this enclave, where every woman’s accessory is a baby carriage. It is always Chana’s door they ring i...

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