Her Haunting Paintings Outlasted the Holocaust and Communism
Lilith Magazine
by Guest Contributor
6d ago
In 1937, at the age of twenty-four, Margit Anna and her painter husband Imre Ámos went to Paris and visited Marc Chagall. The two young artists showed the great master their work, which he praised enthusiastically—and when they took their leave Chagall kissed Anna’s hand. Anna would always refer to this as “The kiss of the muse”, and the moment in which her life path crystalised. It was also an exquisite inversion of the age-old stereotype, one of many that Anna would go on to gleefully subvert in her long, genre-defying career.  Margit Anna was born in 1913 into a secular Jewish family ..read more
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My Mother, The Summer, The Catskills, and Me
Lilith Magazine
by Guest Contributor
1w ago
“Hey there—are you related to Rani who took the Concord photos?” The message appeared last summer from The Borscht Belt Historical Marker Project. A slight shake ran through me, the same way it always does when someone asks about Rani Stevens Goodman, my mom, since she passed away in September 2021. The “Concord photos” were images she took in the 1970s at the famed Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains, also known as the Borscht Belt. This part of New York became a summer and winter getaway for Jews of all stripes, especially in times when many hotels or resorts were “restricted” and didn ..read more
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What I Saw at the White House
Lilith Magazine
by Guest Contributor
3w ago
Most everyone knows that I live in Washington DC. But in all my years living here, I’ve never been to the White House. Outside, sure. But never inside. This week, for the first time, I went inside, at the invitation NCJW and the Office of the Vice President, to attend a hearing on conflict-related sexual violence and to watch a special screening of the 10/7 documentary, “Screams Before Silence.” There were many spectacular people in that room. The Vice President. Global leaders and human rights activists. Leaders and advocates in the Jewish community. Experts in sexual violence and gender equi ..read more
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Are You a Recovering Jewish Professional?
Lilith Magazine
by Rebecca Katz
1M ago
Pair this comic with our just-released feature on toxic Jewish workplaces ..read more
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A Kaddish in Havana
Lilith Magazine
by Guest Contributor
1M ago
Under a blinding Havana sun on March 14, 2024, two dozen or so tourists, Americans and two Australians, along with their Cuban tour guide, recited kaddish, calling to memory Bella Terner (in Yiddish, Beyla), a Polish Jewish woman who arrived there in the mid-1930s. The custodian of the Jewish cemetery, neither a Jew nor an English speaker, identified her burial place in the cemetery’s thick record book, made up of columns of handwritten entries, in alphabetical order. Our group, a Jewish humanitarian mission to the island, followed him to the plot of land where Bella lay buried.   I ..read more
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Elegy for a Mentor
Lilith Magazine
by Guest Contributor
1M ago
The political protests that overwhelmed American campuses during the Sixties were mostly over by the time I arrived at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, but I needed more than just a week of orientation to get acclimatized. I had been a student at Hebrew University from 1967 until June of 1970. Jerusalem then was small, secular, and quiet. The Upper West Side was squalid, noisy, and political. More than 50 years later, I still think about my good fortune in having found a mentor to ease the transition. Louis G. Cowan wasn’t an obvious choice – in fact I had chosen his class by defau ..read more
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The Cutting Room: How Joan Didion is Helping Me Process This War
Lilith Magazine
by Guest Contributor
2M ago
When war broke out in Israel and Gaza, I thought of Joan Didion. Why? Because she taught me how to think through a crisis. I first read Slouching Towards Bethlehem in college. I was a teenager and my mother had just died. Didion became a guiding voice, not a motherly one, but one that reminded me that life’s actual chaos, just like an imagined story, can have a beginning, middle, and end, even if it felt like my life had ended before it really began.  She taught me how to organize my thoughts. She made me fall in love with the essay. She was the master, even when she claimed in “The White ..read more
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Bess Kalb Talks #Boymoms, Humor and Jewish Books
Lilith Magazine
by Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler
2M ago
I really need Bess Kalb to make me laugh.  I’m not concerned that she won’t, to be clear. Bess is—famously—very, very funny. This is a deeper, more primal need; a decently selfish desire borne out of seven months (and counting) of not having very much of anything to laugh at. I know I’m about to conduct an interview on behalf of a magazine. I know this isn’t about me. And still—I highlight the date of our conversation on my calendar with a few different colors. A veritable rainbow splashed over BESS, in all caps. We’re going to have fun!  Reader, we did have fun. And like any good Je ..read more
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A Century-Old Feminist Sephardi Novel Is Back–and It’s Awesome.
Lilith Magazine
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
2M ago
_ The name Blanche Bendahan is not well known to western readers, but after the recent translation (by Yaelle Azagury and Frances Malino, and the first in English), of her fascinating novel, Mazaltob (Brandeis University Press, $29.95) it no doubt will be. Bendahan (1893–1975) was born in Algeria to a Jewish family of Moroccan descent and moved to France as a small child. She wrote poetry as well as fiction, and Mazaltob, her first novel, was awarded a prize from the Académie Française in 1930. Called the first feminist Sephardi novel, Mazaltob tells the story of a you ..read more
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The One Who Doesn’t Know How to Ask
Lilith Magazine
by Guest Contributor
2M ago
Families around the world have just been sitting at their Seder tables and retelling stories of oppression, liberation, and freedom. We’re taught that even if everyone at the seder is a learned person or knows the story, we are still obligated to tell it and to hear it; to serve as witnesses to a journey fraught with uncertainty and challenges. Coinciding with Passover this year, April 21st-27th was National Infertility Awareness Week in the U.S., where one in six people struggle with building their family. In my practice, RVT IVF, where I support people emotionally, spiritually, and ritually ..read more
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