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In this issue: The stealth politics and peculiar agenda of talk-jock “Dr.Laura” Schlessinger. Books, websites and organizations especially for Jewish teen girls. Simone Weil, troubling apostate philosopher. Women’s powerful friendships through love and grief, and even through college; in the Lilith office the women are “like teabags in a single pot.”

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Readers Respond

Something old, something new?  Readers respond to wedding innovations with enthusiasm, creativity and outrage.

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The Stealth Politics of Laura Schlessinger

by Sarah Blustain

You may think "Dr. Laura" is just talk-radio static, but with her on-air anti-feminist, gay-bashing and anti-abortion advice, she is promoting the agenda of the Christian Right.

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Friendships Without Borders

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The Troubling Passion of Simone Weil

by Daniel Belasco

Why is this woman, who turned away from her people in 1940s Europe, inspiring our interest now? Simone de Beauvoir has some ideas….

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The Jewish Girl’s Guide

by Susannah Jaffe

An uncommon roundup of teen girls’ youth organizations, local programs, websites and mags.

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New Books Tell Us What Girls Are Really Made Of

New books for, by and about girls.

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How I Became a Kippah Crusader

by Joysa Maben Winter

Problems (including an arrogant Israeli policeman) for a devout American woman who wants to cover her head while she prays plus an innovative solution to the headcovering dilemma by Jamie Hackel Hyams.

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Here’s Something in Between…

by Jamie Hackel Hyams

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“I Thought I Knew You”

by Penny Rosenwasser

In the company of women of many colors, Jewish women bravely stand and recount their own oppression.

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