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  • Don’t silence the voices of Orthodox women

    February 12, 2016 | 2:35 pm

    "There is more than one way to be a Jew," wrote Rabbi Laura Geller in the February 4th issue of The Jewish Journal.

    I cannot agree more. And that's why I need to speak up about a very anti-feminist trend in Kotel discourse.

    Phyllis Chesler is a long-time critic of male...

  • Why the Western Wall deal is a victory for now, but not forever

    February 8, 2016 | 11:55 am

    On the morning of Dec. 1, 1988, a group of about 70 Jewish women entered the sacred space of the Western Wall. The women represented all the major streams of Judaism. Some wore prayer shawls or kippahs. Some did not. One woman cradled a Torah in her arms.

    Together, their voices...

  • Poor Orthodox Brides May Suffer from Losing Planned Parenthood Clinics

    By Pini Herman

    February 4, 2016 | 12:58 pm

    The targeting of Planned Parenthood has quickly shown it's consequences on poor women in the rise of unplanned pregnancies.  

    While Haredi and other Jewish Orthodox groups often reject birth control, there is one area where Orthodox Jewish brides do engage in an  innovative use...

  • The only safe place for battered Orthodox Jewish women in Israel

    October 22, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Twenty years ago, when Noach Korman was starting out as a rabbinic lawyer in Jerusalem, a young woman pushing a baby in a stroller entered his office. The woman told Korman that she would like him to represent her in divorce proceedings before the beit din, the rabbinic court.


  • Religious redemption of the LGBT Community

    June 30, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    When I was in Rabbinical School in New York the early 2000s, I came across a group of women who identified as both Orthodox and Lesbian. They welcomed me into their fold.

    Over the years, as I got to know members of this group, I realized the religious pain and shame that each had...

  • Ultra-Orthodox women open new businesses

    June 19, 2015 | 8:46 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Hilary Faverman, dressed in a modest long skirt, is trolling for business at a conference for ultra-Orthodox women. She describes herself as “totally secular” but has dressed carefully for this conference in a Jerusalem hotel, and...

  • Rabbi champions role of women in Orthodox Judaism

    June 11, 2015 | 9:37 am

    As a child growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, now the chief rabbi of the Israeli city of Efrat, assumed that every religious Jewish woman knew how to read Gemara. His greatest example was his maternal grandmother, the daughter of a dayan (judge in a Jewish court of...

  • Haredi Orthodox women launch Israeli political party

    January 20, 2015 | 11:08 am

    A group of haredi Orthodox women have formed a political party in Israel ahead of the March elections.

    The party, called B’zchutan, or “In their merit,” was announced Monday as a response to the existing all-male haredi parties, the Sephardi Shas and Ashkenazi United Torah...

  • Tefillin of the heart

    March 5, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Tefillin — phylacteries — have become a source of contention in the Modern Orthodox world. Female high-schoolers, on both coasts of the United States, are seeking rabbinic permission to adorn tefillin publicly while participating in morning prayers. For centuries, tefillin,...

  • Orthodox women marathoners don’t skirt a 26-mile challenge

    June 6, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    At 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, four cars headed from Los Angeles to the 2012 Pasadena Marathon filled with members of the Skirts for SOLA team. Despite training for weeks, many of these newly minted runners still could not fully grasp that the day truly had come. “There were moments...

  • 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...

  • Kaplan, Eshman, Carlin and Tom

    July 17, 2008 | 1:23 am

    Marty Kaplan

    Thank you, thank you for adding Marty Kaplan to your staff ("The Los Angeles Bagels," July 11).

    He shines physically and intellectually. He is not only smart but wise (and so is Rob Eshman).

    E. Ehrenreich

    Boys to Men

    Although I only have anecdotal...
  • Strong Opinions

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Renowned Israeli director Amos Gitai acknowledges that his film, "Kadosh," raises ire in segments of the observant community. "It's critical of certain elements of Jewish tradition that I consider to be reactionary," says the filmmaker, whose movie tells of two oppressed Orthodox...
  • A Gentler Orthodox Feminism

    By Elicia Brown

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Where others saw three Orthodox women in groundbreaking careers and stylish hats, Rachel Pollack, 17, perceived something more. She had found role models.

    "This is something I might want to pursue," said the bright-eyed Ramaz senior after sitting through a session with the world's...

  • Domestic Violence

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.


    Ilana*, an...