Orthodox

Miri Shalem of Beit Shemesh and dance as a tool of social change

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Before most of us ever heard of the small town of Beit Shemesh, Miri Shalem the orthodox mother of four children and a long-time resident was directing the town’s JCC.

Remembering Hanna Weinberg, pioneering advocate for domestic abuse victims

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Hanna Weinberg

For women in the Orthodox Jewish community, domestic abuse is still too often suffered in silence.

Misogyny, the "festering impulse," should come as no surprise

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In her bold article in the Jewish Week (Jan 3) Dr.

Women should be seen AND heard in Israel

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Extremist Ulta-Orthodox groups in Israel are trying to erase images of women from public space.

Some things we missed: July Link Roundup

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  • Aurora Mendelsohn of Rainbow Tallit Baby discusses the use of the word "egalitarian" in different aspects of Jewish life on Jewschool. She writes, "I could not help channeling Inigo Montoya; “Egalitarian…You keep using that word.

In a new light: Avivah Zornberg and the tale of Joseph

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I have long seen myself as the dissident daughter of an orthodox father, a truant who broke her father’s heart by turning my back on his cherished orthodoxy and living a more experimental way of life. It is therefore a delicate matter, this fascination of mine with the Other Daughter – the good girl – the one whose father did not call out after her in censure, the one whose aptitude for learning was cultivated on her father’s knee, the one who no doubt offered both her parents much solace.

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.

Hillary Clinton "too sexy" for Hasidic newspaper

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Hillary Clinton in the Situation Room
Der Tzitung's photoshop of horrors

Brooklyn-based, ultra-Orthodox, Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung, has decided to rewrite history by photoshopping Hillary Clinton out of the photo of U.S. leaders receiving an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden (right). Why? Because the idea of a woman in the Situation Room was "too scandalous."

Planting the seed: Memories of "The Feminine Mystique"

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The Feminine Mystique

There’s a lot of buzz these days about Stephanie Coontz’s new book A Strong Stirring, an assessment of Betty Friedans’s 1963 manifesto The Feminine Mystique. It’s stirring up some personal memories of my own.

Frum, fashion, and feminism

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Project Frumway

Jewish designers are a staple on the fashion scene – famous names like Zac Posen, Isaac Mizrahi, Max Azria, Kenneth Cole, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren are all members of the tribe. A few years ago, Slate even published a story called “The Rise of Schmatte Chic”, which chronicled the fleeting trend of Orthodox Jewish influence in runway fashion.

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