“From the very start, Lilith positioned itself at the place where feminism and Jewish life intersect, where the x and the y axes—the abscissa and the ordinate of our identity—meet. (Or is it the Scylla and the Charybdis?)
In 1994, for Lilith’s 18th anniversary issue, I outlined the magazine’s origin story:
“While our Jewish backgrounds ranged from Orthodox to assimilated, and our politics pretty much covered the map too, we all identified strongly as feminists and as Zionists.” We believed unwaveringly in Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state, while publishing writing unequivocally critical of some Israeli government policies.
This season, some have declared the intersection of feminism and Zionism unacceptable. Who has the right to confiscate either part of my identity?”
Source: “Intersections and Intersectionality,” Susan Weidman Schneider’s Editor’s Note in the current issue of Lilith magazine. Full text available online.
Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Mazal tov to Richard Chess on the publication of his latest poetry collection. I can’t wait to read Love Nailed to the Doorpost, which Rick recently discussed in this interview.
Not sure how I’ve missed this incredible online treasure, but TeachGreatJewishBooks.org is an amazing resource.
“This year, feminist Jewish magazine Lilith is celebrating 40 years in print. On March 26, there will be a celebration at Brandeis University, where Lilith’s archives of manuscripts, photographs, letters, cover art, notes, drafts, and much more can be viewed by the public. The celebration will feature a panel which will include Keshet Executive Director Idit Klein. The Sunday afternoon panel is free and open to the public with pre-registration.” More details/RSVP info available here.
News from Jerusalem: “Best-selling authors are coming to the Tower of David at the Jaffa Gate for a new series of literary events in English presented in cooperation with The Times of Israel.” (Thanks to @DevorahBlachor for the tip on this one.)
And here’s one more Jewish-lit event to share (and this one will be livestreamed): Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in conversation at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Monday evening, 7:30 pm (New York time).
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Shabbat shalom, everyone.