by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

XENI (Foreigner)

I was in Greece with my husband on September 11, when terrorists attacked New York, my home. The news about the World Trade Center reached us in a surreal setting: driving to Nick’s birth-city, Salonika, on a road high in the mountains of north central Greece, a craggy, hostile terrain that had sheltered the Greek resistance during World War II. Stopping at a cafe, we gaped at a television news station, airing what would be the endlessly-replayed footage of the planes slicing through each of the Twin Towers. Nick and I, Americans and New Yorkers, stared in disbelief.

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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