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Activism

Walking Contradiction

“Judaism and feminism? Aren’t those contradictory?” an elderly Jewish man  remarked to me and fellow blogger Caroline as we left a Saturday morning minyan.

“You’d be surprised,” Caroline tactfully responded.

As he walked away, we turned and looked at each other incredulously. How many people believe that the two are uncombinable?

Feminist T-Shirt and Star of David Necklace

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A person wearing a shirt that reads "Feminist" and a Star of David necklace.

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Lisa Batya Feld on Beate Sirota Gordon

This Week in History: On October 25, 1923, Beate Sirota Gordon was born. Lisa Batya Feld describes how the 22-year-old made history by writing women's equality into the Japanese constitution after WWII.
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This Week in History: On October 25, 1923, Beate Sirota Gordon was born. Lisa Batya Feld describes how the 22-year-old made history by writing women's equality into the Japanese constitution after WWII.

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The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer

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The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer.
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This Columbus Day, Celebrate Lucy Kramer Cohen

Lucy Kramer Cohen (1907-2007) was an advocate for Native Americans, and spent much of her career, along with her husband Felix, fighting for their rights. Felix was hired by President Franklin Roosevelt to draft what became the Indian Reorganization Act. Lucy was knowledgeable about Native American cultures and about economics, and she and Felix discussed how to reform the legal and economic opportunities for Native Americans. 

I Don’t Wrap Tefillin But I Like That I Could

I don’t like praying on the women’s side of the divider. I’ve only done so once but once was enough. 

Girl with Tefillin at Kotel

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A young girl places her tefillin at the Western Wall, Jerusalem.
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Ritualizing Riot Grrrl

In a religion that can seem inaccessible to those who aren’t cis men, it’s hard to be observant when you feel as if no one gives a crap about you. Over the course of my life, I have experienced exclusion by the wider Jewish community for various aspects of my identity and ideologies. Rather than turn away from Judaism, a religion and culture that is an intrinsic part of who I am, I made the active choice to reshape it into a Judaism that reflects my feminist and activist values. I chose to redefine my Judaism rather than give it up—that would have been too easy. Plus, now I get to freak people out with the sheer force of my GRRRL POWER.

Bratmobile

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American punk band Bratmobile. The caption reads "cool schmool?" more like cool shul."

Photo by Greg Neate.

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American punk band Bratmobile. The caption reads "cool schmool?" more like cool shul."

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