Religious Life

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


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

They will spit: In the tradition of Miriam, Jewish women will continue to challenge the establishment


Miriam and Aaron complain against Moses

The ultra-orthodox establishment in Israel is reportedly losing sleep over women’s demands for equality.

"Thank G-D for creating me according to your will"


Three years ago I had the opportunity to visit the rare books room at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) library. I saw many interesting things, but one that would change my life forever.

JWA inspires Rosh Hodesh Hanukkah


Rosh Hodesh Hanukkah 1
Rosh Hodesh Hanukkah 2

This week we were excited to receive news that our Hanukkah video, Women Who Light Up Our Lives, inspired Rabbi

Yiddish signs tell women to "move to the side"


Yiddish signs in Brooklyn

If we are to judge what is Jewish by what Jews do (or don't do), we might conclude this week that Jews apparently welcome the New Year with apples, honey, and signs about where women should stand.

Freethinkers and radicals #OccupyWallStreet: The activist tradition and Yom Kippur


Advertisement for "'Yom Kipur' Picnic" organized by Goldman and her colleagues

The iconic anarchist Emma Goldman believed that religion was inherently repressive.

Righteously bouncing back: What baking challah means to me


Etta and her mom, Yael
Braided Challah
Blessings for the Challah

The first thing you should know about making challah is this: DO NOT BE AFRAID! I find that many people are intimidated by the thought of making their own challah.

Rosh Hashanah video roundup


If YouTube searches are any indication, we Jews love making music videos, and holidays offer the perfect opportunity to create new ones and hope they go viral.

Eating Jewish: North African salads for Rosh Hashanah


Moroccan Swiss Chard Salad (Salade de Blettes)
Tunisian Winter Squash Salad with Coriander and Harissa

Not only is it almost the beginning of a new year, but the weather is beginning to change and the tomatoes, zucchini and corn that have been so plentiful over the summer are being replaced by squas


Rising Voices


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