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  • Torah portion: Remembering the journey

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    2 weeks ago

    Many in the latest generation of women rabbis don’t think of themselves as feminists. For them, being a rabbi is a birthright; they grew up with women rabbis. They have little sense of what it took to get to this point. For those of us in the first generation, that is a bit...

  • The Seder’s Innermost Secret—Charoset:  Earth & Eros in the Passover Celebration

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    April 8, 2014 | 9:52 am

    There it sits on the Seder plate: charoset, a delicious paste of chopped nuts, chopped fruits, spices, and wine.

    So the question would seem obvious "Why is there charoset on the Seder plate?"

    That's the most secret Question at the Seder – so secret nobody even asks it. And it’s...

  • Egalitarian marriages and sex

    By Dennis Prager

    February 20, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    Two weeks ago, the New York Times Magazine published a 6,000-word article, “Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?” by Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb. It challenges some of the most preciously held ideas of feminism and progressivism.

    In a nutshell, her...

  • Erica Jong!

    By Joy Bennett

    November 2, 2013 | 7:11 am

    Author Erica Jong, photo by Joy Bennett

    Erica Jong is one of those iconic writers whose work has literally changed the world.  Her most famous book, Fear of Flying, has sold 20 million copies worldwide.  So I jumped at the chance to cover her reading and talk with Susan...

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  • Artist Siona Benjamin brings Hindu and Muslim motifs to portrayals of biblical outcasts

    March 19, 2013 | 6:10 am

    In the space of a single painting, Siona Benjamin juxtaposes feminism, Indian mythology and Jewish imagery.

    On a three-foot canvas, she’ll paint a portrait of a blue-skinned figure, usually a character from the Bible, with nods to Persian miniatures, Talmudic fables and Vishnu...

  • IT’S WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY THIS SUNDAY (AUGUST 26): Are we equal yet???

    By Maya Paley

    August 24, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    IT’S WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY THIS SUNDAY (AUGUST 26): Are we equal yet???

    Here’s some groundbreaking information that I think may surprise you: gender equality does not exist in our political system. Are you shocked yet? I’m going to assume you’re not, but allow me to provide...

  • The Famous Question: Can We or Can’t We Have It All?

    By Maya Paley

    August 7, 2012 | 8:49 pm

    I have received several emails and comments on this topic since I started this blog a few weeks ago. They all say the same thing: “Maya, I understand what you’re saying and I respect it, but I can’t call myself a feminist.” A few people sent me the infamous article in The...

  • Reaching Climax: The Women’s Rights Movement

    By Maya Paley

    July 23, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    Women in the US are stuck on an incessant seesaw. We bounce up then we sink down. While we have taken tremendous steps, particularly on issues of voting rights, reproductive rights, education, and professional achievement, I sometimes worry that we already reached a climactic point...

  • Shifting Expectations: Women and Work

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    July 13, 2012 | 10:41 am

    I love eating challah, but until recently, I refused to be a “challah baker.”  The term irrationally evoked an image of a woman chained to her kitchen,  slaving away for the sake of others, with no desire or choice to impact the world.  That is not who I am.  I am an Orthodox...

  • It’s finally clear why I saw ‘Titanic’ nine times

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 22, 2012 | 10:21 pm

    It took Daniel Mendelsohn’s discursive and insightful essay on the enduring appeal of the Titanic story for me to realize that it wasn’t my raging teenage hormones that drew me back to the Riviera movie theater over and over again (even if tickets were just $3.75). Rather, it was my...

  • Leading feminist theologian to be ordained … at last

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 9, 2012 | 11:39 am

    In the first few weeks of Rachel Adler’s rabbinic internship at Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), Rabbi Lisa Edwards had a hard time introducing Adler. For decades, Edwards had quoted Adler; she had taken classes with Adler and had been deeply influenced by Adler’s acclaimed works on...

  • Should ‘Girls’ just get married?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 18, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    A recent spate of pop culture depictions of vapid, loveless sex has some convinced feminism has failed.

    William Bennett, a CNN contributor and the author of “The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood” has decided he is an authority on women.

    On the “disheartening and...

  • Hadassah feminists

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 29, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Amid all the boozing, smoking and jumping from bed to bed in “Mad Men,” there’s a certain 1960s persona that’s missing from the popular TV show — and that’s the sort of dedicated young woman who devoted herself not just to her husband and family, or even to her work, but...

  • Elizabeth Taylor as feminist

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 14, 2012 | 11:08 am

    M. G. Lord is a cultural critic with a sharp eye for the hidden meanings in American pop culture.  Two of her previous books, for example, considered the enduring influence of the best-selling doll in the world (“Forever Barbie”) and the semiotics of rocket science (“Astro...

  • The Religious Cost of Rejecting Feminism’s Core Moral Claim

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 29, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    Rav Moshe Feinstein was never known as a feminist. But he both understood and accepted feminism’s core moral claim.

    In a remarkable 1976 responsum he wrote bluntly about what he perceived to be the effort to extend the women’s liberation movement from the political and social...

  • Feminism, revisited: Gloria Steinem meets Mona Eltahawy

    By Susan Freudenheim

    October 19, 2011 | 6:28 pm

    When an e-mail arrived in my inbox recently announcing a public conversation between Gloria Steinem and Mona Eltahawy, I knew I had to be there, even though it was scheduled for midday on a Thursday across town at UCLA’s Hammer Museum. The juxtaposition of these two women was...

  • Feminist writer E.M. Broner dies at 83

    June 23, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    Jewish feminist writer E.M. Broner, perhaps best known as the co-author of “The Women’s Haggadah,” has died.

    Broner, a longtime professor of English at Wayne State University, Sarah Lawrence College and other schools, died June 21 in New York at 83. The cause of death was...

  • Well, At Least She Called Me Skinny…

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    June 22, 2011 | 10:00 am

    So I was just about to post regarding the dinner I just had with my new inamorato and my parents, when I noticed Ilana Angel had already posted on me.  We met for lunch yesterday and I knew she would write about it but I’m still a bit shocked at how much my earlier pieces must have...

  • Making a Mistake is Not Rape

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 25, 2011 | 10:38 am

    A District Judge has ruled that Julian Assange will be extradited and so he leaves to face his accusers.  As a news junky, I’ve been fascinated with Assange for months and so I’ve been following his rape case rather closely. Or I guess I should say, alleged rape. There are two...

  • Who Says No to This?

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 9, 2011 | 11:15 am

    So this past weekend, I had one of those long girly dinners where you go out to eat, drink wine till you’re giggling obnoxiously, and talk about men.  The topic turned to what happens to us when we as the girl in a relationship are the ones who get rejected, as in turned down for...

  • Rabbis launch campaign for Women of the Wall

    October 18, 2010 | 10:18 am

    A group of North American rabbis has launched an online campaign to support women who want to pray at the Western Wall with Torahs and prayer shawls.

    The 28 rabbis, calling themselves Rabbis for Women of the Wall, sent a letter Monday morning to seven Israeli leaders urging...

  • Q&A With Gloria Steinem

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 16, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine, is a social and political activist and among the foremost leaders of the women’s rights movement in America. In town recently to honor the retirement of Rabbi Sheryl Lewart from Kehillat Israel, Steinem spoke about the feminist myth of...

  • VideoJew does Hadassah

    By Jay Firestone

    July 17, 2008 | 1:03 pm

    The 94th annual Hadassah convention recently traveled to Los Angeles and JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone was all over it, like jelly on gefilte fish.

    To get a feel for the convention, VideoJew submerged himself in many of the activities.  On his journey, he made new friends and even visited with some old friends.  But does he find his ‘eshet chayil?’ 

    Watch and find out.  Your rabbi would want you to.

    Video by VideoJew Jay Firestone and the amazing VideoJew Assistant, Sari Thayer.

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  • Ms. magazine’s ad rejection elicits strong response

    By Sue Fishkoff

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) is ramping up its protest against Ms. magazine's rejection of its pro-Israel advertisement.

    In a campaign launched Sunday, AJCongress urged people to write, call or e-mail the prominent feminist publication to "register your complaint at...

  • Books: Interest grows in neglected 19th-Century female author Amy Levy

    By Jessica George Firger

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "The Romance of a Shop," by Amy Levy, edited by Susan David Bernstein (Broadview Press, $15.95).
    "Reuben Sachs," by Amy Levy, edited by Susan David Bernstein_(Broadview Press, $15.95).
    Oscar Wilde adored her, calling the young writer "a girl of genius," while modern critics, in...
  • Robot Dances Off With Award

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Don't have time to shlep to a museum? Too tired to remember if the free museum day is the first or second Tuesday of the month? Want to conquer a large, overwhelming exhibit in small, 15-minute intervals? Then bring the museum to your desktop and browse at your own pace.

    The Jewish...

  • Feminist Desktop Revolution

    By Carin Davis

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Don't have time to shlep to a museum? Too tired to remember if the free museum day is the first or second Tuesday of the month? Want to conquer a large, overwhelming exhibit in small, 15-minute intervals? Then bring the museum to your desktop and browse at your own pace.

    The Jewish...

  • The Lady Vanishes

    By Amy Klein

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I'm sitting between the two most different women imaginable here at Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills: a matronly lumpish type who is well past her 50s, unmade up with short, graying hair and long triangular earrings -- her only testament, of sorts, to fashion; and on the other side...

  • Still Smarting

    By Amy Klein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By Sunday evening, single women across America were trying to slit their wrists by inflicting a hundred little paper cuts from the Sunday New York Times Magazine, featuring an article by Maureen Dowd, "What's a Modern Girl to Do?"

    Feminism is over, Dowd writes, men only want to date...

  • Sarah’s Tent to Fete Feminist Scholar

    By Susan Josephs

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Driving down Wilshire Boulevard about 35 years ago, Savina J. Teubal saw the bumper sticker that changed her life.

    "It was one of those 'Question Authority' bumper stickers that were popular in the early '70s," she recalled. "Up until that point, I had been aware of the injustice in...

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