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Tefillin Barbie

Tefillin Barbie: Considering Gender and Ritual Garb

Using the provocative image of "Tefillin Barbie"—created in 2006 by soferet (ritual scribe) Jen Taylor Friedman—examine the relationship between gender, body image, and ritual garb.

Tefillin Barbie's new career

"You know Barbie's getting a new job," says my friend Mimi to me. "People can vote for her new career."

Barbie Wears a Tallit?!

A recent article in Lilith Magazine entitled “How Do Women Define the Sacred?” speaks to the ways in which handmade tallitot (prayer shawls) have become central aspects of Jewish women’s spirituality. Though women have become increasingly enfranchised over the past several decades in many areas of Jewish life, the bulk of religious liturgy is reflective of Judaism’s patriarchal origins. And so, handmade women’s tallitot challenge a prayer legacy primarily composed and transmitted by and for men.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Tefillin Barbie." (Viewed on August 30, 2016) <http://jwa.org/tags/tefillin-barbie>.

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