In this issue: Adult daughters talk: the first, Carol Tavris, is not mad at mom; the second is a survivor’s child who learns to pray; the third reveals her mother staying connected by declaring who will get her brooch, who will get her blessing.  That “coming out” moment in the Jewish family. Plus short stories from Israel by Savyon Liebrecht and Shulamit Lapid.

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Three Adult Daughters Talk

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My Mother the Feminist

by Carol Tavris

The author’s book about anger challenged how therapists ply their trade; her adoration of her own iconoclastic mother might hold the clues to her theories. Here she shows why she can’t be mad at mom.

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A Survivor’s Daughter Learns to Pray

by Hannah Kliger

She also learns about personal history, about coming through to the other side of the Holocaust, and of confronting the possibilities of joy.

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Fine Tuning: New Women’s Fiction from Israel

Who are the women writing it? What are they saying that's different from the men they compete with?

Apples from the Desert

fiction by Savyon Liebrecht, translated by Barbara Harshav

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The Bed

fiction by Shulamit Lapid, translated by Barbara Harshav

“Coming Out” in the Jewish Family

With one Jew in ten either lesbian or gay, almost every extended family experiences what it means to tell, or be told, or to deny that a son or daughter is homosexual. Cantor reports the latest speculation on why this experience may be harder for daughters and different for Jews.

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Will and Testament

by Mary Cahn Schwartz

Who gets the brooch? Who gets the blessing? A contemporary mother-daughter team talk obsessively about what the mother wants done with her objects and assets--its their personal ritual, a way of staying close which has fascinating Biblical precursors in its lessons about power, control and love.

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Yael’s Story

poetry by Elizabeth Socolon

One of the bible’s few warrior women tells what made her do it.

Yom Kippur in Lithuania: The “Sogerkes”

by Henny Wenkart

Introducing the new back page column highlighting choices and changes. This time: Yom Kippur in Lithuania: The "Sogerkes”

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