What We Don’t Know About Jewish Views On Dating, And More

One of the most enlightening and disturbing articles on Jewish life that I’ve read in awhile appears in the Spring issue of Lilith, the Jewish feminist magazine, in which Rabbi Susan Schnur interviews her daughter and two other 20-something young women (rabbis’ daughters, each, and observant, to varying degrees).

Negotiating The Classroom

Staff Writer
To understand why fewer women choose public education as a career these days, look no further than Randi Weingarten, daughter of a teacher and now head of the United Federation of Teachers. Weingarten’s memories of her mother Edith’s career conjures up images of unglamorous labor. “The living room table constantly had papers festooned all over it,” she recalls in an interview at the UFT’s ornate Park Avenue office.

‘Feminist Moment Of Truth’

Staff Writer
Ms. Magazine’s rejection of an ad celebrating three Israeli women leaders has prompted Jewish feminists here to charge that the magazine has adopted an anti-Israel posture. “This is a feminism that has been utterly Palestinianized,” said Phyllis Chesler, one of five Jewish feminists who lashed out at the magazine this week.

‘This Is Only The Beginning’

Staff Writer
Jerusalem — Calling it a “breakthrough for political life in Israel,” Communications Minister Limor Livnat last week hailed the election of the first woman as mayor of a major Israeli city and vowed: “This is only the beginning.”

Feminism making inroads but dividing generations, says landmark study.

Associate Editor

Orthodox feminism, barely a quarter-century old and facing withering criticism, has nevertheless transformed and energized Modern Orthodoxy, according to a study believed to be the first examination of the impact of the nascent movement.

Tender Is The Fight

Staff Writer

Has there ever been a more reluctant, gentle revolutionary than Blu Greenberg? For 30 years she has personified Orthodox feminism, and perhaps it is her very reluctance, her very tenderness to the tradition that has eased Orthodox minds and made possible Orthodox feminismís ìvelvet revolution,î to use Vaclav Havelís phrase.

Reassessing An Experiment

Associate Editor

In December 1997, two women were hired as ìcongregational internsî by two Orthodox synagogues with the job description of preaching sermons, doing chaplaincy and counseling congregants. Feminist leaders cheered that this was the first time women were hired to do all these jobs as part of an Orthodox synagogueís spiritual staff.

The national media also took notice. Could Orthodox women rabbis be far off?

The Empire Strikes Back

Associate Publisher
A Modern Orthodox shul in New York City: Men in the main sanctuary are sitting around doing nothing. It’s Simchat Torah but there is dead air, no singing, no dancing, no prayer. It’s well after 2 p.m. and the men wait 20, 30, 45 minutes for services to resume. Oh, there is a service under way — a women’s prayer group. The rabbi says that the men in the main sanctuary must wait until the women’s service concludes its prayers and a half-dozen speeches. Scores of men drift away.

Feminism And Orthodoxy, The Second Stage

Staff Writers
Ronnie Becher felt like an anxious hostess this time last year, wondering whether “everyone was going to show up to the party.” But the party — the first International Conference of Feminism and Orthodoxy — succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of Becher and the other organizers, who had modestly predicted a crowd of 400.
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