DNA secrets, hidden identities •  That other Jewish women’s cancer • Tillie Olsen: feminist foremother • At this Hasidic boy’s ritual haircut, he knew “he” was a girl • Russ & Daughters’ granddaughter • Why this seder took place in a beauty parlor • Mildred Weissman at 100

 

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Recreational DNA Testing & Its Uninvited Consequences

Sarah Seltzer

Amateur ancestry searches can bring unwelcome, life-changing surprises. 

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The Other Jewish Women’s Cancer

Elizabeth Michaelson Monaghan

An important signal for ovarian cancer may be lurking in those BRCA gene mutations.

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We All Stand Here Ironing

Jane Lazarre

Jane Lazarre’s tribute to an under-acknowledged giant of literature, Tillie Olsen.

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This Year, We Will Fight for Abortion.

Sarah Seltzer

Here's a guide to how.

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Beauty Parlor Seder

Andrea Kott

With her mom’s drinking, depression and food stamps, nothing feels conventional about the way they’re Jewish.

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A Legacy of Lox

Ruth Andrew Ellenson

NYC’s First Lady of Fish grew up in the legendary “appetizing” store. Then, she and a cousin took it over.

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Compliance

fiction by Andrea Greenbaum

 

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“I Threw Out”

poetry by Rachel Wineberg, comment by Alicia Ostriker

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Mildred at 100

Susan Weidman Schneider

Meet a woman whose visionary philanthropy and signature humor have helped bring you social-change films, iconoclastic art, and Lilith magazine.

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I Knew I Was a Girl

Abby Chava Stein

A transgender woman once destined for the Hasidic rabbinate remembers the moment she first put a thought to the feeling