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Hipsters, Hasids and the war over women's bodies

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Hipster woman among Hasids

I am neither Hasid or hipster, yet I am linked to both fringe communities in different ways. Every generation has a counter-culture, and every religion has a fundamentalist extreme. The hipsters are my friends, and the Hasids are my tribe. They both live in the same neighborhood in New York City, and they are at war over women's bodies and bike lanes.

Who's your Rabba?

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Jonas, Regina - still image [media]

Raised as a Reform Jew by an ardent feminist, it was drilled into me that I could grow up to be anything I wanted. An astronaut, a doctor, the President — whatever (though I’m sure an underemployed freelance writer slacker mom wasn’t what my highly accomplished mother had in mind.)

Purim, International Agunah Day, and more - Link Roundup

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On Purim:

  • Sisters in Arms: Playing the defiant Vashti in a Hebrew school Purim play awakened my inner feminist [Tablet]
  • Purim is bittersweet--Minnesota Mamaleh [TC Jewfolk]
  • Many takes on hamantaschen [MyJewishLearning]
  • Unmasked: Has Purim replaced Passover as the best holiday vehicle for expressing individual Jewish identity? [Tablet]
  • A strange holiday [Truth, Praise & Help]
  • Esther and Vashti: Women to remember [Blogher]
  • Purim FAQ [Tablet]
  • Purim in Bulgaria--With Kaddish [Forward]
  • What's up with Purim plays and carnivals? [MyJewishLearning]

Do Jews celebrate Valentine's Day? A post holiday roundup

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Happy Valentine's Day
  • What does Valentine's Day have to do with Judaism? [From the Rib?]
  • Video dating for Orthodox singles? [Tablet]
  • "Love is in the Air": a collection of stories about the first year of marriage.

Kol Ishah: Jewish Chicks Rock

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Kol ishah is the singing voice of a woman, and something observant Jewish men are forbidden to hear. Too bad for them, because they are missing out. They are not listening to the voices of today’s Jewish women rock musicians, something that even those of us who do not observe kol ishah did not have the privilege of hearing until recently.

From Maharat to Rabbah

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Sara Hurwitz

A year ago we congratulated Sara Hurwitz on becoming a Maharat.  Today we rejoice in her new title: Rabbah.

The subject of ordaining Orthodox women rabbis is highly controversial. Last year Sara Hurwitz completed the required course of study in Yoreh Deah to become a spiritual leader, but instead of receiving the title of rabbi, a new title was created for her.  "Maharat" was created from an acronym that loosely translates to mean a leader in religious law and spirtual matters.

What the Women of the Wall Want

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Anat Hoffman is director of the Israel Religious Action Center of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and chair of Women of the Wall.  This was originally published as an op-ed in The Forward.

Obsessive Segregation Is About Misogyny — Not Modesty

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I knew I would regret it as soon as I started typing, but I did it anyway. As much as I try to avoid getting into virtual arguments in talkback-land, this week I found myself unable to restrain myself. The language, it seems to me, is at the root of the problem, and that’s where the fight needs to take place.

Women of the Wall: Keeping the faith for 21 years

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You may have heard about the arrest last month of medical student Nofrat Frenkel for wearing a tallit (prayer shawl) when she prayed with Women of the Wall (WOW), a monthly women's prayer group that meets at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Twitteleh, cliché cookbooks, and mikveh secrets - Link Roundup Sep. 23, 2009

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  • Cooking with clichés: Yo Yenta shares her thoughts on The Jewish Princess line of cookbooks. [Yo Yenta]
  • Mazel Tov Elaine Schuster, recently nominated as a representative to the U.N. General Assembly. [JTA]
  • The House of Secrets: The Hidden World of the Mikveh is reviewed. [Washington Post] [Feminist Review]
  • Gloria Steinem exhorted the members of the National Council of Jewish Women/Greater Detroit Section to become active in the fight for women's rights. [HometownLife]

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