From the Editor

by Susan Weidman Schneider

The theme of the major features of this issue is how we as Jewish women are affected by how Jewish men and the Jewish tradition view us and treat us. The issue features an article by Cynthia Ozick that can be described by the words “landmark,” “breakthrough,” “authoritative,” and “classic.” Ozick ranges over the whole Jewish experience as it relates to women —theology, synagogue life, the Talmud, special prayers written for women, the Holocaust, the nature of Scripture — uncovering layer after layer until she penetrates to the core. Her thesis, that the highest precepts of Judaism will be realized only through full equality for women, is one that will serve as the subject of discussion and study, and the basis for further exploration of the issue by the entire Jewish community. We are delighted to welcome Ozick to the pages of LILITH Magazine.

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