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In this issue: The balancing act: teaching teen girls to both love Jewish texts and to challenge their view of women.  A young feminist reclaims lighting candles, baking challah and the ritualistic laws of married sex.  On being black and Jewish: Mo Fleming and Rebecca Walker. Is fat still a feminist issue? Safeguarding abortion rights.

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A Hard Row to Hoe

by Mo Fleming

An African-American woman talks frankly about the joys of becoming Jewish—and about the pain of being insulted by other Jews.

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Portrayed, or Betrayed?

by Charlotte Honigman-Smith

Why does Rebecca Walker stereotype Jewish women? Our reviewer has some surprising criticism of Alice Walker’s daughter’s much-touted autobiography, Black, White and Jewish.

“I am their Text”

by Sophie Danis Oberfield

A Yale senior on the tightrope, teaching teen girls to love Jewish texts and at the same time challenge how Judaism views women. Plus: Tamara Cohen on pre-bat mitzvah daughters and Rachel Kranson on accepting versus resisting Jewish tradition.

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Taking Back Our Rites

by Yiskah Rosenfield

A young feminist reclaims women’s traditional rituals.

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Ruth

poetry by Jennifer Thomas

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Fat Talk

by Mimi Nichter

Lessons for mothers and others from Nicther’s new book about teens and dieting. And...22 years after Susie Orbach’s Fat is a Feminist Issue became an international best seller, Barbara Gingold talks to Orbach in Jerusalem about Jewish women and body image.

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Thirsting

fiction by Susie Kaufman

Husband unfaithful, soul parched, what's a woman to do?

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