restricted access   Number 16, Spring 5769/2008

Table of Contents

Women and Books (2)

Consulting Editor: Wendy Zierler

This issue’s cover illustration is taken from artist Susan Schwalb’s contribution to Women of the Book: Jewish Women Recording, Reflecting, Revisioning, an international collaborative art project by 54 secular and religious Jewish women artists. Each will paint her visual interpretation of one weekly Torah portion on a piece of kosher klaf (parchment). Inspired by the form and content of a traditional Sefer Torah (Torah scroll), the pieces will be sewn together to form an illustrated midrashic scroll. For more information, please visit:


pp. 5-8

“May the Writer Be Strong”: Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts Copied by and for Women

pp. 9-28

Gender, Penmanship and the Primacy of Speech over Writing in the Jewish Society of Galicia and Eastern Europe in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century

pp. 29-66

Hava Shapiro’s Letters to Reuven Brainin

pp. 67-97

The Demands of Integration—The Challenges of Ethnicization: Jewish Women’s Yiddish Reading Circles in North America between the Two World Wars

pp. 98-129

Reading Rayna Batya: The Rebellious Rebbetzin as Self-Reflection

pp. 130-152

Women and Jewish Literature

pp. 153-173

A Woman within Zionism: The Path of Myriam Schach (1867–1956)

pp. 174-195

Israeli Women’s Leadership Today: A Panel Discussion

pp. 196-214

The Illuminations of Ellen Frank

pp. 215-223

Poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch

pp. 224-233

The Spectacular Difference: Selected Poems of Zelda (review)

pp. 234-238

Daughters of Sarah: Anthology of Jewish Women Writing in French (review)

pp. 239-241

My Dear Daughter: Rabbi Benjamin Slonik and the Education of Jewish Women in Sixteenth-Century Poland (review)

pp. 242-247

Eternally Eve: Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and Modern Poetry (review)

pp. 248-252

The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah (review)

pp. 253-265

Call for Papers: Women and Jewish Poetry

pp. 266-267

Call for Papers: Jewish Women and Philanthropy

pp. 268-269

Contributors to this Issue

pp. 270-274