In this issue: How museums invent us: A new wave of feminist museum curators tell the Jewish story differently, tchochkes and folk art included.  Right wing women protecting Orthodoxy from feminism. An open letter to Buddhist Jews. Leslea Newman comes out to her grandma. Debbie Perlman, our first female psalmist. And … Israel at 51: half a century, but only half the story?

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Right-Wing Woman: Keeping Orthodoxy Safe from Feminists?

by Sarah Blustain

While "Modern Orthodox" women seek a harmony between Judaism and feminism, sisters to their right are digging in, sponsoring lectures and classes to draw women (even high-powered careerists) back to home and hearth.

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Israel at 51 and Beyond

by Naomi Danis

In half a century, have we heard only half the story? Now you can read about the women—and their projects—you saw nothing about in all the other media coverage of Israel’s anniversary.

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An Open Letter to Buddhist Jews

by Michele Kriegman

With an ex-husband and extended family who are REAL Buddhists, our author thinks Jews may be worshipping the Buddha for the wrong reasons.

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How Museums Invent Us

by Carolyn Feibel

Your great-aunt’s soup pot in a museum? Priceless artifacts in your attic? Introducing the new wave of feminist curators, who’ve fought to have shoes, cookbooks and miscellaneous tchochkes-cum-folk art included in the exhibited history of the Jews.

Objects of Desire

by Carol Bergman

A daughter’s haunting account of her father’s obsession—the naked, strangely mutilated children of painter Egon Schiele. Bergman asks: "Why did he subject me to this work?"


by Rabbi Susan Schnur

Debbie Perlman is the only Resident Psalmist in the world, a job that’s been vacant for 3,000 years. "A new psalm helps people recognize that life has more holy moments in it than we think," she told LILITH.

  • Five by Debbie Perlman
  • Twenty-Eight by Debbie Perlman
  • One Hundred Thirty-One by Debbie Perlman
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One Hundred Years of Gratitude

by Lesléa Newman

Why did 99-year-old grandmother have to know? Newman comes out to her beloved grandmother, and the consequences surprise them both.

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