In this issue: Patricia Averbach reflects on her time as a virtual Jew and explains how an unusual online world inspires real-life Jewish engagement. David Belasco gives a behind-the scenes look at “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism” at The Jewish Museum.  A postmodern mother’s struggle over circumcising her son. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg with Lilith in her chambers.

A Knock at the Door in the Darkness of Night

by Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft

Remembering that dreaded knock at her door in June 1967, an Israeli-American political scientist talks poignantly about her losses, about Israel’s chronic grief and what war costs women.

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poetry by Gigi Marks

An Indispensable Member of the Supremes

by Joan Roth

Lilith’s staff photographer visits Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington.

Virtually Jewish

by Patricia Averbach

A quirky online world inspires real-life Jewish engagement. Avatars (Javatars!) get all dressed up for shul, shabbos, and even getting virtually wasted at the Mitzvah Bar.

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Size Matters

by Daniel Belasco

The curator of a dramatic new exhibition at New York’s Jewish Museum tells why he chose the paintings he did, and who might be included in our canon of Jewish feminist artists.

Vilna Vegetarianism, 1938

by Frances Brent and Judith Hausman

Fania Lewando’s Yiddish cookbook and the restaurant that nourished an era’s Yiddish writers.

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Deep in the Valley

fiction by Cherise Wolas

It is Wednesday night and she drives to a motel deep in the valley. She has never been deep in the valley. The deep valley is far away. She loves the way deep in the valley sounds and she loves the thoughts she thinks about it. 

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To Bris or Not to Bris?

by Randi Glatzer

Stealing glances at little boys’ penises, a postmodern mother frets her way through the complexity of circumcision.

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Selling Children for Sex

by Elizabeth Mandel

Ugly and necessary truths from a courageous new documentary film.

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