Women Studying Torah: Facts On The Ground

The RCA is trying to erase women's personal desire to affect the Jewish world through their Torah.

11/23/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sixteen years ago I was asked to stop learning Talmud because I am female. Here’s what happened: I was 25 and decided to try my hand at daf yomi, the practice of studying a folio of Talmud each day.

Lisa Schlaff

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Women Make Uphill Battle For Parliament

03/02/2015 - 19:00

Jerusalem - Israel’s first political party created by ultra-Orthodox Jewish women is running a novel campaign for parliament: no media ads or endorsements by key rabbinical authorities, just word-of-mouth recommendations and faith.

Haredi Newspaper Edits Female Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March

Now you see them, now you don't.

01/12/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Of the 44 world leaders who marched in Paris on Sunday to express solidarity with France, none of them were women — or, at least, that's what the haredi Israeli newspaper HaMevaser would have you believe. 

Haredi newspaper edits female world leaders out of Paris rally photo. Via walla.co.il

Withholding A Get: Between Leverage And Extortion

12/25/2013 - 19:00

All too commonly, we read about a man who refuses to grant his wife a Jewish writ of divorce (a “get”). We are told her story, culminating in her demand for a get and a plea to help pressure the recalcitrant husband to grant it. As for the man’s version of events – they do not matter; according to the approach promoted by the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (“agunah” refers to a woman chained to a failed marriage by a husband unable or unwilling to grant her a get) and numerous others, it is never justified for a man to withhold a get as leverage during the divorce settlement.

The Reluctant Feminist

Hanna Rosin and how the post-industrial economy favors women — for better or worse.
08/30/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The opening scene in Hanna Rosin’s 2010 Atlantic essay, “The End of Men,” may one day be as iconic as the beginning of Betty Friedan’s 1963 seminal work, “The Feminine Mystique.” Friedan’s book famously opened with a scene of a typical mid-century housewife.

Hanna Rosin: Shaped by a sense of “outsiderness?”  Nina Subin

When War Includes Women And Children

07/16/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:04 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 30:2 - 36:13 
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28;
3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:09 p.m.    

Shlomo Riskin

Muslim and Jewish Women: Sisters in Tzniut?

Muslim And Jewish Women: Sisters In Tzniut?

At first blush, religious Muslim and Jewish women may not seem to have
much in common given the power of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to
dominate conversation and sour relations between the two groups.

But an article in today’s New York Times about a new Turkish magazine

FaceGlat May Be a More Modest Facebook But It's Not Hacker-Proof

FaceGlat, the ultra-Orthodox social networking site, is an attempt to offer Haredi Jews the experience of Facebook without all the immodesty. From the opening page it reminds one of public restrooms with a sign for men to enter through one door and women to enter through their own door. FaceGlat's name is a mashup of Facebook and glatt, the term for kosher meat considered to be a higher standard of kosher because of the source animal's smooth lungs.

The ultra-Orthodox version of Facebook gets hacked by Palestinian hackers from Jordan for the second time.

Women Should Celebrate Suffrage By Voting

09/05/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 Women got the vote 91 years ago this month, but too many of us are still not exercising this most precious right. Single women, in particular, don’t vote in the same numbers as their married sisters, yet are in greater need of government policies and programs that will ensure them a brighter future. Indeed, in 2010, according to exit polling data, the “marriage gap” — the difference in voter participation and voter behavior between married women and unmarried women — was 30 points.

Nancy K. Kaufman
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