After Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung died in 1961, his family kept a manuscript of his “Red Book,” a dream journal which he said recorded his “confrontation with the unconscious” and which the New York Times would later call “the Holy Grail of the unconscious,” locked away in a bank vault. Family members were “afraid of the damage that the work might cause his professional persona,” says Patricia Llosa, a Jungian psychoanalyst in New York. The book remained under lock and key for nearly 50 years until, in 2009, it was published.
While most of us take women’s inheritance rights for granted, women in many countries in our contemporary world are still caught in a thicket of competing national, regional, local, ethnic, tribal, and religious systems. Land titles and inheritance rights are vital in helping them achieve economic security. Even when secular laws grant them equality, social pressures often block them from accessing what is rightfully theirs.
(JTA) – Until last year, Rabbi Francine Green Roston was among the Conservative movement’s rising stars.
Elana Sztokman is one of the most proactive Jewish feminist thinkers on the scene today. An award-winning author of three books on gender equality in the Jewish world, a PhD in sociology and a former executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Association (JOFA), Dr. Sztokman seeks the edge. This past spring, she inaugurated a course, Dynamics of Jewish Feminism, via webinar for a worldwide reach. Judith Plaskow, Rachel Adler, Blu Greenberg and Letty Pogrebin were among the more than 30 distinguished panelists over the course of 8 weeks. Energized by the response,Szotkman has now embarked on a second course, DESIRE: Sex, Judaism and Feminism. Susan Reimer-Torn interviews her for the Sisterhood.
In October 1977, Barbra Streisand asked, “What’s a nice Jewish girl like me doing on the cover of Playboy?” Now with Jewish two-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman posing naked for ESPN The Magazine’s Annual “Body Issue,” we’re asking a similar question. “It sounds like a Jewish mother’s nightmare,” writes JTA’s Andrew Tobin about Raisman’s photo shoot, “But Playboy, it’s not.”