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Judaism-Orthodox

The Rabba Revolution Continues

Three years ago this month, Rabba Sara Hurwitz made history in the Jewish world by becoming the first publicly ordained female rabbi in the Orthodox community. Since then, the 35-year-old mother of three has been working as Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, an institution dedicated to training women Orthodox clergy, as well as working as Rabba at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, which this June will graduate the first three women with the title of Maharat — an acronym for “Religious, spiritual, Torah leaders” — marking yet another important milestone for women in Orthodoxy. Rabba Hurwitz explained to "The Sisterhood" what this all means.

The name may change but the belief stays the same

Not surprisingly, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade kicked up a great deal of dust. In early January, Planned Parenthood announced that it will abandon the term "pro-choice" to describe people who believe abortion should be every woman's right; on January 25th, tens of thousands of  activists gathered on the Mall in Washington, D.C. for the annual Walk for Life. One of our regular guest bloggers, high school student Talia bat Pessi, shares her thoughts on the issue. 

Pro Choice Protester, 2010

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Ottawa Pro Choice Presence at the 2010 National March for Life.
Photo by Jenn Farr via Flickr

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Ottawa Pro Choice Presence at the 2010 National March for Life.
Photo by Jenn Farr via Flickr

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Condoms in a Box

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An image of condoms in a box.

Photo by Writing On The Mall via Flickr.

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An image of condoms in a box.

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Teaching Sex Ed to Young Modern Orthodox Women

In the years I attended Modern Orthodox day schools, I received close to zero sex education. Aside from one class period in the sixth grade dedicated to menstruation and a week during my senior year devoted to learning the laws of Neidah (Jewish ritual purity laws relating to menstruation), I remained in the dark about reproduction and sexual health, as well as about how they related to my identity as a young Jewish woman.

Sarah Epstein

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Sarah Epstein works in the area of sexual health and education.
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Sarah Epstein works in the area of sexual health and education.

Historic JOFA-Kolech Meeting of the Minds

Though the conclusion of Sukkot occurred earlier this week, our friends at JOFA co-manifested such a milestone event with such potential, far reaching effects, we wanted to share this happening

WHO DECIDES? Judaism says: You & I

We are talking about abortion.

Helène Aylon: Artist, Ecofeminist, Author

The room was filled with an open, excited energy.

Helene Aylon Book Launch, October 10, 2012

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Helène Aylon speaking at a celebration in her honor. Co-sponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Jewish Women's Archive on October 10, 2012.
Photograph courtesy of Lindsay Harris.
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Helène Aylon speaking at a celebration in her honor. Co-sponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Jewish Women's Archive on October 10, 2012.
Photograph courtesy of Lindsay Harris.

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