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In this issue: The pleasure of politics: Joan Roth photographs female candidates; Gloria Feldt, Nancy Ratzan, Rachel Tiven and others declare what issues stir them up. A new ritual uses havdalah imagery to separate an autistic son from his diagnosis, making sure the congregation welcomes him. Why, at 16, an aspiring writer quit as Anzia Yezierska’s literary assistant. Yes, an Israeli guide to masturbation.  

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Political Imperatives

Which political imperatives drive you right now? Answers from Gloria Feldt, Nancy Ratzan, Rachel Tiven, Jane Kanarek, Catherine Schneider and Stefanie Greenberg.

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The Pleasure of Politics

photos and commentary by Joan Roth

Peripatetic photographer Joan Roth follows some of the women who’ve heated up this political season. Their energies might just fuel our future.

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The Principles of Uncertainty

by Maira Kalman

The artist who brought us New Yorkistan rummages around in her native Israel, painting what and whom she finds there. Even in uncertain times, some beautiful things haven't changed.

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Lvov, Ukraine 2008

poetry by Lois Roisman

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Someone You Can Talk To

fiction by Shoham Smith, translated by Naomi Danis

Read her for the first time ever in English, translated for Lilith by Naomi Danis.

A Short Story About a Long Scarf

fiction by Shoham Smith, translated by Naomi Danis

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After the Diagnosis…

by Karen Gilat

People often resist reaching out to families who have kids with autism--and there are a lot. A mother familiar with this isolation propses a ritual, recasting Havdalah, to welcome autistic children into the Jewish community.

  • Havdalah – A New Ritual
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Grandmom, Mom, My Sister Jane, The Famous Writer Anzia Yezierska And Me

by Patricia Averbach

Why, at 16, Averbach cut short her career as literary assistant to the author of Bread Givers, Hungry Heart and Salome of the Tenements.

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Rahel the Poet. Coming soon, Rahel the Movie

Rahel the Poet (1890 – 1931) was muse to a revolution, and lover to the first leaders of Israel. Meet her now, while the biopic is in production.

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