Art and culture -- homely as cooking, lofty as poetry, challenging as video installation -- are going to provide new vocabularies and new avenues of authentic Jewish expression in every sphere, from Torah study to ritual to rebuilding the world. And women will be in the vanguard.

We are at the end of one beginning; we are on the verge of the next.

Mazal tov to all of the contributors to this fine collection. Mazal tov to Rabbi Goldstein for her passion to make it happen. Mazal tov to us and to our daughters and our sons. There has never been a better time to be a Jew.

Can I hear a shehechiyanu?

(c) Anita Diamant 2009

Published in New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future, edited by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein (c) 2009 Jewish Lights Publishing


Anita Diamant has written twelve books, including the international bestseller, The Red Tent. Her other novels include Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day after Night, which tells the story of four young Jewish women Holocaust survivors who make their way to the land of Israel in 1945; Publisher's Weekly calls it "compulsively readable." Diamant is a lecturer, award-winning journalist, and the author of six non-fiction guides to contemporary Jewish life, beginning with The New Jewish Wedding, and a collection of personal essays, Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship and Other Leaps of Faith. Diamant is also the founder and president of Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh, and the Paula J. Brody Family Education Center, in Newton, Massachusetts. Visit her site and blog at