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In this issue: Violence in Jewish families, and the links to substance abuse. Women’s shelters in L.A. and Jerusalem. The last taboo: Incest. Alice Shalvi on progress vs. change in Israel. A new women’s Mideast peace dialogue. Journalist Ruth Gruber’s rescue missions: saving Jews since the 1940s. Contemporary Israeli fiction.

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Wife Abuse, Drugs and Silence

by Elizabeth R. DeBeer

The unexplored link between substance abuse and violence in Jewish homes.

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Two Shelters, One Threat

by Shira Leibowitz, by Naomi Levy

Shira Leibowitz and Naomi Levy document the violence—-and the healing—-that take place in two shelters for battered Jewish women, one in Jerusalem, one in L.A.

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The Last Taboo – Dare We Speak About Incest?

by Marcia Coln Spiegel

Breaking the last taboo, a social worker shares what she’s heard from women.

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Israel: A Feminist Future

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A Mother and Two Daughters

by Fredelle Maynard

She adores one of her children and casts off the other, with harrowing consequences for both.

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