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Helène Aylon was a good Jewish girl raised in orthodox Brooklyn, married to a rabbi, and another of two when her world split apart. A widow at thirty, she broke free of tradition to become an eco-feminist artist whose work deals in transgressive images about war and peace, women’s bodies, women and god, and the deeply religious world that continues to influence her work to this day. The memoir is a charming dash through the years of a structured orthodox life and the artistic life that feed her to question the misogyny of her beloved religion. It is also a tell-all about the art world, with fascinating details about luminaries such as Ana Mendieta, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Betty Parsons. Examples of Aylon’s work included are her early doors for the Jewish chapel at JFK airport, her peace pillowcases (including one worn by Grace Paley), and her current search for the links between feminism and Judaism

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 5-12
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  1. The Women's Section
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. My Notebooks
  2. pp. 17-22
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  1. My Marriage Bed and My Clean Days
  2. pp. 23-43
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  1. My Marriage Contract
  2. pp. 44-52
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  1. Ruach
  2. pp. 53-61
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  1. Paintings That Change
  2. pp. 62-65
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  1. Formations
  2. pp. 66-69
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  1. The Breakings
  2. pp. 70-82
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  1. Sand Carrying
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. Earth Ambulance
  2. pp. 88-94
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  1. Stretched Canvas
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Current: two sacs en route
  2. pp. 97-99
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  1. Post - - - - Script
  2. p. 100
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  1. Bridge of Knots
  2. pp. 101-107
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  1. The Liberation of G-d
  2. p. 108
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  1. The Partition is in Place, but the Service Can't Begin
  2. p. 109
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  1. Wrestlers
  2. pp. 111-112
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  1. Turnings
  2. pp. 113-117
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  1. Epilogue: Alone with My Mother
  2. pp. 118-120
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  1. All Rise
  2. p. 121
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  1. Self-Portraits
  2. p. 122
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  1. Self-Portrait: The Unmentionable
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. Acknowledgements, About the Author, Further Reading, Series Information
  2. pp. 129-132
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