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In this issue: Big Mouths! Speaking up as our birthright. Bella Abzug as a role model.  Deborah Lipstadt, on the battle over women’s Holocaust experiences. Girls, resilient and resourceful, in new books for young readers. Roald Dahl’s misogyny and anti-Semitism. Vagina Monologue: in which an unnamed Jewish woman from Queens talks about her fear of “down there.”

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Why Is The Wall Street Journal Now Devaluing Women’s Holocaust Experiences?

by Deborah E. Lipstadt

Searing controversy is erupting over research on women’s experiences in the camps, the ghettoes and the resistance movements. Deborah Lipstadt reviews Women in the Holocaust; Paula Hyman, Marion Kaplan, Lore Segal join her in its defense.

  • An Egregious Attack on Women's Holocaust Scholarship by Gabriel Schoenfeld
  • Women Scholars Speak Up
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Only Connect

How do we integrate who we are with who we've been? How can we integrate past friends, other cities, buried experiences into present lives? Two tales bind then and now.

Let Us Now Praise Big-Mouthed Jewish Women

by Rabbi Susan Schnur

At last we can begin to understand the power of speaking out, and why it’s a Jewish woman’s birthright. Our resident rabbi analyzes the phenomenon of the loudmouthed, justice-seeking hollerers we’ve all met (and feared and admired), and explains why, right in the prophetic tradition, these women are able to counterdict both the JAP stereotype and the quiet-lady paradigm. Sarah Blustain profiles several real-life Big Mouths our readers have nominated as their role models.

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Fresh Voices

Four young first novelist tell what spurs them to write such terrific fiction 

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Vagina Monologue

by Eve Ensler

That heralded stage piece in which an unnamed Jewish woman from Queens talks about her fear of “down there.”

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