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The Uncivil Servant: Michael Moore’s Invasions

by Mitchell Abidor MICHAEL MOORE’S latest film, Where to Invade Next, is amazingly timely. Moore travels the world, a one-man invasion team searching for social programs other countries have that we don’t, so he can bring them back to the U.S. The film is, for most of its length, a virtual Bernie Sanders campaign ad, […]

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March 19: The Grey Lady’s First Lady

Jill Ellen Abramson, who in 2011 became the first women executive editor of the New York Times in its 162-year existence, was born in New York on this date in 1954. Abramson joined the paper as Washington bureau chief in 1997, after working for the Wall Street Journal as an investigative reporter. She was terminated […]

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November 8: Therese Benedek and the Psychosexual Life of Women

Psychoanalyst Therese Benedek, who left Germany for the U.S. in 1935 and became a researcher about the psychosexual development of women, including their emotional and psychological responses to hormonal fluctuations and motherhood, was born in Hungary on this date in 1892. Shortly after her lifelong marriage began, she underwent five months of psychoanalysis with Sandor […]

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August 12: Sabina Spielrein, Psychoanalyst

One of the world’s first female psychoanalysts, Sabina Spielrein is thought to have died on this date in 1942 (it may have been on August 14th) in the course of a Nazi Einsatzgruppe D mass murder that killed 27,000 Jews near Rostov-on-Don. With her died her two daughters, 29 and 16. Spielrein, who trained with […]

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August 3: Regina Jonas, the First Woman Rabbi

Regina Jonas, the first woman in history known to be ordained as a rabbi, was born in Berlin on this date in 1902. Her doctoral dissertation at the Higher Institute for Jewish Studies-Academy for the Science of Judaism was titled, “Can a Woman Be a Rabbi According to Halakhic Sources?” and concluded YES! — but she […]

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Women Among Nazism’s Killers

by Anna Wrobel Discussed in this essay: Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, by Wendy Lower. Houghton Mifflin, 2013, 270 pages. WENDY LOWER WANTS TO TELL US SOMETHING about women we need to know; that they can fall into violence, brutality, and criminal indifference. Her sources, raw and plentiful, come fresh plucked […]

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Poverty and Older Women

Basic Solutions to a Shameful Situation by Louise Cooper From the Spring 2014 issue of Jewish Currents Poverty among American women 65 and older is no longer just a problem, but a crisis. As of 2012, there were more than 733,000 elderly women living on $15 per day, or less than $5,500 annually — an […]

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May 28: Lucille Kallen, Comedy Writer

The first woman writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows — amid a crew that included Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks — Lucille Kallen was born in Los Angeles on this date in 1922. A Juilliard music drop-out, she honed her comic skills at Camp Tamiment in the Poconos, met her husband […]

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