Fighting Extremism: Bringing Back the Judaism I Love

Fighting Extremism: Bringing Back the Judaism I Love

I was going to be the Minister of the Environment. That’s the answer I gave my parents when they asked me my plans for moving from New Jersey to Israel at age 22. I believed it. And why not? I […]

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Breast cancer behind the mechitza

Breast cancer behind the mechitza

Regarding the article thing about woman [sic] and breast cancer, that’s a sobering statistic. Of course it has nothing to do with what I wrote. In his Mishpacha article, Sruli Besser reflects on his experience on “the other side of the […]

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The Dangers of Hypermodesty

The Dangers of Hypermodesty

“There’s no greater value for a Charedi woman than modesty.” So said the former chief of staff for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Dov Halbertal. He was explaining why posters raising awareness of breast cancer screening in Charedi society […]

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17 years an agunah & counting: This must prompt change

17 years an agunah & counting: This must prompt change

Zvia Gordetsky has waited 17 years to be free of the man who prefers jail to granting her a divorce. Her case is unusual because unlike what happens too often, the religious courts did nearly everything they “should” do, and […]

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Haredi extremism: Alive and growing

Haredi extremism: Alive and growing

But most shocking of all that Rabbi Shafran writes is the question he asks rhetorically. “Are religious Zionists to be expected to condemn every outrage committed by a “hilltop youth?” YES, Rabbi Shafran. YES they are! That is what it […]

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How ‘Moderate’ Ultra-Orthodox Aid And Abet Extremism In Israel

How ‘Moderate’ Ultra-Orthodox Aid And Abet Extremism In Israel

What was once called “extremism” is the new normal. It is not, as Shafran writes, a phenomenon of a small group of “outliers” who throw things or call people names, while the majority “fully embrace all Jews, including those estranged […]

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