Bold women who stand up to religious bullies

Bold women who stand up to religious bullies

In the city of Bet Shemesh, a struggle is playing out between two ways of life, the repercussions of which will affect the future of Israel. If you’ve heard of Bet Shemesh, chances are it’s because of the “crazy fanatics” […]

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Who needs rabbinic leadership? A call for Orthodox organizations to heed the voices of the women they cannot see

Who needs rabbinic leadership? A call for Orthodox organizations to heed the voices of the women they cannot see

Both the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America position themselves as rabbinic leadership for (at least) the Orthodox community in the United States. Both maintain that a key component of the Orthodox community is “listening to the rabbis.” […]

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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 Slide Towards Extremism

The Slide Towards Extremism

What do agunot, hypermodesty, breast cancer morbidity and turf wars have to do with each other? Everything. Join writer and activist Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll for a fascinating analysis of extremist trends in contemporary Judaism and how listening to the voice […]

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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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