Rachel Kadish

Jewish Rabbits

Richard Adams’ Watership Down: to the untrained eye, a beautiful and sophisticated fable about rabbits.

Fiver, naturally, is Herzl. Sensing the oncoming destruction of the home warren (Europe), our feverish visionary leads a daring few in search of a new homeland. Rejecting the invitation to join a golden diaspora of a warren, a place which dangerously distorts true Rabbit Culture (a rather unflattering view of America?), our rabbits reach their scrubby Promised Land on the hilltop. Next: to populate the homeland. And off goes the burliest rabbit on a mission to rescue some does from the oppressive (Stalinist?) regime of Efrafa. (Bigwig? Also a Jew!) The homeland is achieved, all ends well.

If they weren’t available in the fiction I read, I invented ’em. Everywhere Jews! I only wished a bigger role had been given to the does.

Rachel Kadisha writer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was once a LILITH intern. Her first novel, From a Sealed Room, will be published by Putnam next year.

Sugar & Spice – and Beyond

The articles in this special section:

Girls Who Thought about Sex

Barbara Brenner

They were all Orthodox

Deborah Brodie

So I Had to Write it Myself

Floreva G. Cohen

Safe in America

Paula J. Caplan

Sarah Was My Soulmate

Rebecca Goldstein

God Will Have to Allow It

Esther Hautzig

The Impact of Reality

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Jewish Rabbits

Rachel Kadish

Searching for Jewish Clues

Johanna Hurwitz

The Book under My Pillow

Leslea Newman

Please Write One More…

Elizabeth Michaelson

Deborah & Letty

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Feminist (But Not Jewish)

Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Jewish (But Not Feminist)

Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Books for the 90s

Sara N.S. Meirowitz