Winter 1987-1988/5748

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In this issue: What happens in the lives of Ethiopian Jewish women brought to Israel when they give up traditional customs? Love through the ages: what their stories tell us about Jewish women and romance. The prisoners of Jewish divorce: abusive husbands who refuse a get; women in limbo who are turning their private agony into public protest.

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Is Israel Really Liberating for Ethiopian Women?

by Andrea King

What happens in the lives of African women brought to Israel when they must give up traditional customs—-such as living in separate dwellings during their menstrual periods—-that they feel defined their female role in Judaism?

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This Too is Enough

poetry by Rachel Pollack

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Love then and now

A Biblical woman who defied patriarchy by falling in love and a modern-day Jewish soap-opera heroine who can't marry the man of her choice--what their stories tell  us about popular perception of Jewish women and romance.

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The Prisoners of Divorce

by Adena Berkowitz

Jewish law says only a husband can divorce his wife, not vice versa, leaving in limbo thousands of women whose husbands are vindictive. Many—with support from within the Orthodox community—are making their private agony public and seeking help in secular courts—and via public protest.

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Wanderings

fiction by Susan Gross

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