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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.

"I try to avoid the word “environmentalist.” The word “environment” literally does not mean much—it refers to your surro...
05/04/2021
“Judaism is Ecological at its Heart”

"I try to avoid the word “environmentalist.” The word “environment” literally does not mean much—it refers to your surroundings. “Environment” doesn’t capture the life-giving essence of the land, the earth."

Lilith speaks with Jewish eco-pioneer Rabbi Ellen Bernstein about Judaism, feminism and ecological justice.

In 1988, when many people were ignoring ecologists, Rabbi Ellen Bernstein founded Shomrei Adamah (Keepers of the Earth), the first Jewish ecological organization in the U.S. Rabbi Bernstein sought …

Through The Land Back Project, Wenatchi clothing designer, Mary Big Bull-Lewis, is working to regain sovereignty over Na...
05/04/2021
A Wenatchi designer's plan to buy back Native lands

Through The Land Back Project, Wenatchi clothing designer, Mary Big Bull-Lewis, is working to regain sovereignty over Native lands.

Mary Big Bull-Lewis sees the way forward for Native people in Washington: ownership of the land and the stories attached to it.

What would have happened if a mental health professional was on the scene? If de-escalation tactics were used? Instead, ...
05/04/2021
Why they’re not saying Ma’Khia Bryant’s name

What would have happened if a mental health professional was on the scene? If de-escalation tactics were used? Instead, the conversation around #MaKhiaBryant's death has become a debate over the justification of force--and the "worthiness" of her life.

The 16-year-old Black girl could never be the "perfect victim."

"We need to focus not on “What car do I buy?” but “What cars does Detroit manufacture?” Not just “Where do I bank?” but ...
05/03/2021
“Where the Hell Have I Been?”

"We need to focus not on “What car do I buy?” but “What cars does Detroit manufacture?” Not just “Where do I bank?” but “Which of the biggest banks in the world are investing in fossil fuel and how do we take action on them?”

This devastating time can and must be part of birthing a different world—one that is just and sustainable for all people for generations to come."

In Lilith's Spring 2021 Issue, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn speaks with Lilith's Arielle Silver about eco-feminism, spiritual audacity, and the need for systemic change.

In 2019, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn—a veteran of the Jewish nonprofit world—founded Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action. In March 2021, Steven Spielberg selected the organization, which has quickly sp…

Congratulations to the newest Jewish Women's Foundation of New York cohort--such a fantastic group of influential Jewish...
05/03/2021
2021 Collective Members - Jewish Womens Foundation of New York

Congratulations to the newest Jewish Women's Foundation of New York cohort--such a fantastic group of influential Jewish women, including some members of the Lilith community!

The Collective is a cohort of entrepreneurial leaders who use their Jewish values and a gender lens to address intractable issues facing women and girls in the United States, Israel, and around the world. The Collective is a platform for Jewish women who have founded or run organizations to have the...

82 year old novelist, Maria Luz Hernandez Espinosa, just published her fifth novel, Suburban Souls, about Jewish German ...
05/03/2021
An Interview with Maria Espinosa

82 year old novelist, Maria Luz Hernandez Espinosa, just published her fifth novel, Suburban Souls, about Jewish German Holocaust survivors in 1970s San Francisco.

Read her interview with Diane Joy Schmidt about the psychological terrors of modern domesticity.

Suburban Souls explores the psychological terrors of modern domesticity. But each character is drawn with such empathy that the reader is able to see them in a forgiving light.

“I faced gender discrimination and racism, and it was a toxic environment with the board never letting me run the organi...
05/03/2021
First Jew of color to lead an American Jewish museum resigns, citing prejudice

“I faced gender discrimination and racism, and it was a toxic environment with the board never letting me run the organization I was hired to run. I was not treated as a leader.” Gugulethu Moyo on why she resigned as the executive director of Tucson’s Jewish History Museum.

Gugulethu Moyo had made history when selected to head Tucson’s Jewish History Museum, but six months later she quit accusing the board of dysfunction fueled by racism and sexism

Mazel tov to all of the incredible members of Jewish Women's Foundation of New York's  The Collective, including Shlomit...
05/03/2021

Mazel tov to all of the incredible members of Jewish Women's Foundation of New York's The Collective, including Shlomit Bukaya, who's interviewed on Lilith's blog, and Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, who's in the Spring 2021 Issue!

The Jewish Women's Foundation of New York is thrilled to announce the newest members of The Collective!

Please welcome Cohort Three members Shlomit Bukaya of Association of Ethiopian Jews - AEJ, Karyn Gershon of Project Kesher, Shoshana Keats Jaskoll of Chochmat Nashim חכמת נשים, Sarah Levin of JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Analucia Lopezrevoredo of Jewtina y Co., Elizabeth Mandel of JGirls Magazine, Shahanna McKinney-Baldon of Edot Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity and Racial Justice Collaborative, Lara Mendel of The Mosaic Project, Rabbi Jennie Rosen of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, and Esty Shushan of נבחרות (Nivcharot).

Here, the start of a Lilith series exploring teshuvah, repentance, with the earth.The earth is dying. Permafrost is melt...
05/03/2021
Will the Earth Forgive Us?

Here, the start of a Lilith series exploring teshuvah, repentance, with the earth.

The earth is dying. Permafrost is melting, wildfires are raging, chunks of glaciers are falling into the ocean with a thunderous crash. A pond is no longer safe for skating in the winter. Allergens and droughts and “natural” disasters are deadlier. Polluted soil is not supporting crops. And everywhere this happens, existing inequalities of gender, race and access to resources are exacerbated.

Will the earth forgive us?

The earth is dying. Permafrost is melting, wildfires are raging, chunks of glaciers are falling into the ocean with a thunderous crash. A pond is no longer safe for skating in the winter. Allergens…

There are many reasons to eat dairy on Shavuot (May 16-18)––but do you really need an excuse? Jewish traditions from dif...
05/02/2021

There are many reasons to eat dairy on Shavuot (May 16-18)––but do you really need an excuse?

Jewish traditions from different parts of the world come together for this holiday. Join Chef Susan Barocas in her kitchen on Friday, May 7, 3:30-5 PM (ET) as she makes that cheese-filled Eastern European classic, blintzes, along with Greek Jewish kousmeri––cheesecake with a twist––and its special sauce.

Have your lactaid pills ready. RSVP here: bit.ly/somuchcheese

There are many reasons to eat dairy on Shavuot (May 16-18)––but do you really need an excuse?

Jewish traditions from different parts of the world come together for this holiday. Join Chef Susan Barocas in her kitchen on Friday, May 7, 3:30-5 PM (ET) as she makes that cheese-filled Eastern European classic, blintzes, along with Greek Jewish kousmeri––cheesecake with a twist––and its special sauce.

Have your lactaid pills ready. RSVP here: bit.ly/somuchcheese

Three lessons from Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus: 1. Not all sexual problems result from issues in the relationship2. Sex therapi...
05/01/2021
How a Sex Therapist Misplaced Her Orgasms in Synagogue. Then Found Them There.

Three lessons from Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus:
1. Not all sexual problems result from issues in the relationship
2. Sex therapists struggle just like everyone else
3. God answers prayers in all kinds of interesting ways.

#Spring2021

Let’s face it. We like to blame sexual problems on our relationships. How do I know this? I’m a sex therapist. And maybe more important, I’m a woman. Of the hundreds of women I see in our practic…

Bioengineer Dr. Linda Griffith is focusing on the uterus-- and understanding endometriosis
05/01/2021
They Call It a ‘Women’s Disease.’ She Wants to Redefine It.

Bioengineer Dr. Linda Griffith is focusing on the uterus-- and understanding endometriosis

As a bioengineer, Linda Griffith once grew a human ear on the back of a mouse. Now she is reframing endometriosis as a key to unlocking some of biology’s greatest secrets.

"I have been influenced by all of the places that I’ve lived. I am an Ethiopian, I am an Israeli, I’m American, I’m a Bl...
05/01/2021
My Grandmother’s Favorite Dish

"I have been influenced by all of the places that I’ve lived. I am an Ethiopian, I am an Israeli, I’m American, I’m a Black woman. I try to express that throughout my cooking and throughout Tsion Cafe. I am cooking from my ancestors." Chef Beejhy Barhany

The first time I ate gomen was back in Ethiopia, after helping my grandma prepare it.

Shabbat shalom! The Spring 2021 Issue is live.
04/30/2021
Spring 2021

Shabbat shalom! The Spring 2021 Issue is live.

All things periods • Patriarchy, race and the Cosmos • Ecofeminists answer urgent questions • A sex therapist loses (and finds!) her orgasms in shul • The Jewish Jane Austen

Hitting deeply after the news about Rabbi Zimmerman's ongoing predatory behavior-- and lack of consequences.
04/30/2021
Men in Jewish leadership need to hold each other accountable – J.

Hitting deeply after the news about Rabbi Zimmerman's ongoing predatory behavior-- and lack of consequences.

How often have we men joked with each other at the expense of women, laughing it off as no big deal? How often have we heard a male coworker interrupt and speak over women as if they are invisible? Comment inappropriately on a woman’s appearance, goad a friend to try again after a woman says […]

While the typical white millennial family has about $88,000 in wealth, the typical Black millennial family has only abou...
04/30/2021
There Is Growing Segregation In Millennial Wealth

While the typical white millennial family has about $88,000 in wealth, the typical Black millennial family has only about $5,000 in wealth. #SystemicRacism

New research shows shockingly different trends in the fortunes of millennials.

Lilith wishes you a meaningful Lag Baomer! We send our love and prayers for healing to all those affected by the horrifi...
04/30/2021

Lilith wishes you a meaningful Lag Baomer! We send our love and prayers for healing to all those affected by the horrific events in Meron.

The first time Beejhy Barhany ate gomen was back in Ethiopia, after helping her grandma prepare it. As a child, it wasn’...
04/29/2021
My Grandmother’s Favorite Dish

The first time Beejhy Barhany ate gomen was back in Ethiopia, after helping her grandma prepare it. As a child, it wasn’t the most exciting dish-- but she's grown to appreciate it.

Find her recipe for gomen, Ethiopian collard greens, below!

The first time I ate gomen was back in Ethiopia, after helping my grandma prepare it.

In a 2001 JTA article, Lilith's editor in chief Susan Weidman Schneider said about Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, “Although th...
04/29/2021
Reform rabbinic giant disciplined for inappropriate relationships now accused of ‘sexually predatory behavior’

In a 2001 JTA article, Lilith's editor in chief Susan Weidman Schneider said about Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, “Although the specific nature of Zimmerman’s actions have not been made public,” his hire [by Birthright Israel] “seems to repeat a pattern in Jewish life where male rabbis known to have transgressive behaviors in their past have not often suffered professionally for it.”

Lilith applauds the women who spoke truth to power and patriarchy and have continued to share the abuse that they endured from Rabbi Zimmerman with Jewish institutions who ignored and silenced them. We also applaud Central Synagogue for cleaning house and Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Marcia Caban for their work towards teshuva.

By contrast, we are appalled at the immoral, enabling acts by (male) power-brokers and rabbis who silenced these accusations and continued to place him in positions of power--allowing his sexually predatory behavior and assaults to continue. Twenty years ago, he was recruited to become the executive vice president of Birthright Israel-- by Michael Steinhardt, the hedge fund manager-turned-philanthropists who himself have been accused of harassing women.

‘This was a gross manipulation of his spiritual authority,’ said Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue.

"Matriarchs in Persian families have a huge role to bring the family together. Not only are they cooking, cleaning, orga...
04/29/2021
A Modern Esther

"Matriarchs in Persian families have a huge role to bring the family together. Not only are they cooking, cleaning, organizing, making things beautiful, they really have the vision and make it come to life. There is definitely a respect for women’s creative self expression.”

Hadar Cohen speaks with Jackie Zarine Mostny about traditional gender roles, strong matriarchs, and bringing traditions to our modern world.

For Jackie Zarine Mostny, the Persian Jewish Queen lineage from the time of Esther continues to live on– and evolve.

For Jackie Zarine Mostny, the Persian Jewish Queen lineage from the time of Esther continues to live on– and evolve. Had...
04/27/2021
A Modern Esther

For Jackie Zarine Mostny, the Persian Jewish Queen lineage from the time of Esther continues to live on– and evolve.

Hadar Cohen speaks with Jackie about Persian identity and continuing in the path of strong Jewish women.

For Jackie Zarine Mostny, the Persian Jewish Queen lineage from the time of Esther continues to live on– and evolve.

About 84% of Indigenous women experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, and more than 50% experience sexual viole...
04/27/2021
Deb Haaland Is Plowing Ahead With Tackling Violence Against Native Women

About 84% of Indigenous women experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, and more than 50% experience sexual violence, according to the National Institute of Justice. The interior secretary is forming a commission to study the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The interior secretary is forming a commission to study the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, weeks after launching a unit to investigate ...

Did you know babka has therapeutic powers?
04/27/2021
Therapeutic Powers of Babka

Did you know babka has therapeutic powers?

Tasting the schnapps and coffee liqueur in the babka calls back the memory of going to shul on Saturday mornings before the pandemic.

"When we had Aryeh, one of the discussions my husband and I had, and will continue to have to have, is that he’s not rai...
04/26/2021
My Black son is a baby, but he won’t always be

"When we had Aryeh, one of the discussions my husband and I had, and will continue to have to have, is that he’s not raising a “mixed” son, or a Jewish son, he’s raising a Black son. For though he might be bi-ethnic and Jewish, as he grows, (future gender identity aside) the world will see him as a Black man. And if the world then is the same as the world now, that puts him in a category risk all its own."

AK Neer on being a Black Jewish Mother during

Being Black in America is its own journey within the journey of just being human, and living, and discovering who you really are on a soul level. Then there’s being Black and Jewish.

SO very excited to share the cover for Lilith's Spring 2021 issue! Cover art by Molly Costello Art & Design. Online and ...
04/26/2021

SO very excited to share the cover for Lilith's Spring 2021 issue! Cover art by Molly Costello Art & Design.

Online and in your mailboxes shortly!

SO very excited to share the cover for Lilith's Spring 2021 issue! Cover art by Molly Costello Art & Design.

Online and in your mailboxes shortly!

Today at 6-6:30 pm Eastern! Join Lilith on Instagram for a Q&A with poet and writer Leslea Newman!
04/26/2021
A Pain in the Ass

Today at 6-6:30 pm Eastern! Join Lilith on Instagram for a Q&A with poet and writer Leslea Newman!

My job was to keep my father safe in the world without compromising his dignity. I can only imagine how difficult it was for him—the parent—to take orders from me—the child.

Rescheduled for tomorrow, April 26, 6 pm ETJoin Lilith for an Instagram Live chat with award-winning novelist, poet, and...
04/25/2021

Rescheduled for tomorrow, April 26, 6 pm ET

Join Lilith for an Instagram Live chat with award-winning novelist, poet, and children’s book author Leslea Newman. You may know her best for "Heather Has Two Mommies," or for her several volumes of poetry.

Hang out with us as Lilith Intern Abby Fisher asks Lesléa about her creative process, the role of her Jewish and queer identities in her writing, and how she manages to write in so many different genres!

Rescheduled for tomorrow, April 26, 6 pm ET

Join Lilith for an Instagram Live chat with award-winning novelist, poet, and children’s book author Leslea Newman. You may know her best for "Heather Has Two Mommies," or for her several volumes of poetry.

Hang out with us as Lilith Intern Abby Fisher asks Lesléa about her creative process, the role of her Jewish and queer identities in her writing, and how she manages to write in so many different genres!

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Finally a book has come out that all Jewish People must read. It explains that neither Jewish or any man had anything to do with Jesus's Death. Also explain what happened to Jesus when he went against God's wishes and went upon the mountain with Satan. DO YOU KNOW WHY? Why Did Jesus say… Pick Up the Serpent and Drink All Deadly Things? Why did Jesus tell the rich man… To see Heaven, you must obey the Ten Commandments and give to the Needy, yet preachers tell you that you are forgiven for your sins? Why did Jesus say… Don’t call me Good Master for there is none good but God. but later said I am the way and the light, and you can only get to Heaven through me? If Jesus is God why when he was on the cross, cry out God, God, why have you forsaken me? If Jesus was dying for our sins (which the Bible never said so) then why would he say God forsaken him? A God can move mountains and hold back seas, why was Jesus not able to remove a small nail from his hand. How did Mary walk right pass Jesus and not notice him? Why did his disciples go up to him and ask Stranger, have you seen Jesus? What really happened to Jesus when he went up on the mountain with Satan? There are many questions about the Bible and finally there is a book that explains all. “ I LOVE GOD by Gregory St. James Mundy”
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