by Sarah Blustain

Burqa Dream

It wasn’t until November that I had my first burqa dream. I am surprised it took so long. In the dream, I was in Berlin, an embarrassingly obvious conflation. I was touring with a group of women, and uncertain of our bearings. The women wore burqas or, alternatively, scarves on their heads and long layered clothing. I was the only one—of course, in a dream it would have to be—defiantly uncovered, in a white blouse and light blue knickers. My bare ankles caused the greatest stir. Repeatedly warned, I tried to cover my hair with my bare arms. But, of course, I failed.

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War, Through a Gender Lens

The articles in this special section:

What Does Afghani Women’s Suffering Say to Us?

Lilith editors talk to Afghan women about their lives under the Taliban yoke, and how their rights eroded step by step. What resonates for us—as Jews, and as women?

Don’t Censor Yourself!

by Meredith Tax

A longtime lobbyist for women’s rights, remembering the loss freedoms during the First Cold War, implores us not to lose our voices in the current fray.

Burqa Dream

by Sarah Blustain

When women anywhere are forced under cover, we all quake. Here’s one take on veiling and women’s shame.

XENI (Foreigner)

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

A female American Jew was in the mountains of Greece on 9/11. Here’s what she heard, what she said, and what she wishes she’d been able to tell her hosts. 

Undo it, take it Back

by Nessa Rapoport