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Ellen Willis and Nona Willis Aronowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681204

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.001.0001

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Next Year in Jerusalem

Next Year in Jerusalem

(p.132) Next Year in Jerusalem
The Essential Ellen Willis

Nona Willis Aronowitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter reflects on how the author challenged, then reaffirmed, her own contributions and loyalties. Amid broad discussions about feminism, religion, politics, and sex, she reveals through her personal epiphanies why her writing, and good writing in general, is so important. She talks about how her brother, then twenty-four, accepted Judaism in its most extreme, absolutist form—the God of the Old Testament exists—when he went to Israel. When their parents visited her brother in Jerusalem, they had both, in their individual ways, been struggling to come to terms with his “conversion.” When the author went to Israel, she realized that Judaism was much more interesting than she’d thought. She traveled to Jerusalem again in March 1976, but left Israel, with all the intellectual questions unresolved, because in the end she trusted her feelings and believed in acting on them.

Keywords:   feminism, religion, politics, sex, Judaism, God, Israel, Jerusalem, conversion

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