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Hold on to the Sun

Michal Govrin, Edited by Judith G. Miller

Michal Govrin, one of Israel’s most important contemporary writers, explores the post-Holocaust world through fiction and essays. Govrin uses a multiplicity of literary styles and voices to capture the denial and exuberance of discovering oneself alive when so much has been destroyed. Several essays deal with her visits to Europe, especially Auschwitz, which her mother survived, and her half-brother did not.

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Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released

My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist

Helène Aylon

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

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