When History Repeats

Three ways not to celebrate Women's Equality Day

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Bella Abzug on the cover of Life Magazine

As second wave feminism gathered peak velocity forty years ago, the late bombastic and behatted Congresswoman (D-NY) Bella Abzug persuaded Congress to designate Au

Ultra-Orthodox photoshop of horrors: Round 2

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Jewpiter photoshop

In May, the Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung, made a lot of people angry by photoshopping Hillary Clinton out of a photo in the name of tzniut, or modesty. Within days, the incident spawned a fabulous internet meme where people photoshopped women out of iconic images. The point that photoshop should not be used to erase or alter women in images as to rewrite history or reality was made ... or so we thought.

Tisha B'Av and 9/11

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This was originally posted at Mamash and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America.

“A day of darkness and gloom; a day of cloud and shadows; spread like soot over the hills…their vanguard a consuming fire, in their wake a devouring flame”

Gay, Jewish New Yorkers: Mazel tov to the newlyweds!

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Maybe you’ve heard: As of last Sunday, same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York. The law, which passed in June, went into effect over the weekend.

Let’s recap some of the Jewish highlights this new law brought about, shall we? There are quite a few of them!

New York's Big Day

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Donovan's Big Day

We were thrilled to see gay marriage pass in New York this weekend, just in time for the release of Lesléa Newman’s new book, Donovan's Big Day. Lesléa Newman is the author of the classic children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, which has helped a generation of childern see their families represented in the books they read. Her new book takes the work a step further by familiarizing the experience of watching one's parents get married.

Annie Londonderry and the bicycle as a vehicle of social liberation

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Annie Londonderry

Over the past couple years, we have witnessed the rise of an eco-friendly, politically progressive bike culture in the US.

Joan Krizack wins Champion of Freedom Award for the Documenting Diversity Project

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Freedom House - Teenage Boys Conference
Freedom House - B'nei Akiva youth group
Freedom House - Humbolt Theater on Humbolt Avenue

In 1998, Northeastern University announced that it had received a two-year federal grant to “identify, locate, secure, and make accessible the most important and at-risk historical records of Bost

Honoring our Jewish service members on Memorial Day

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Time for a quick Jewish-American history lesson: In 1655, New Amsterdam colonist Asser Levy rallied against a colonial ordinance that forbade Jews from joining the colonial militia.

Fun with Hasidic photoshop

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Earlier this week, the ultra-Orthodox, Hasidic Jewish newspaper Der Tzitung incited outrage by photoshopping Hillary Clinton and Audrey Thomason out of the Situation Room in an iconic photo in the name of tzniut, or modesty. A few days later, it's an internet meme. People are photoshopping women out of important or iconic images, with results that are either hilarious or harrowing as women are literally erased from our public memories.

The confrontational face of Miriam

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Miriam in "The Songs of Joy"

When we are first introduced to Miriam in the Bible, the times are bleak. The Egyptian Pharaoh has decreed that all baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves be immediately put to death.

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