Mikveh attendants should not be scapegoated for what goes on in the mikveh. The obsessive need to control women’s bodies comes down through the men in authority who watch us without even being present.
Israel has reached a critical moment in the tension between women and religion in Israel, and women’s basic rights are being challenged on many fronts.
In Israel, at least twenty girls have attempted suicide as a direct result of video voyeurism. It’s time for this offense to be considered a serious crime and for the authorities to act accordingly, writes Elana Sztokman.
A new line of “realistic” Barbie dolls still meet the conventional standards for female physical beauty.
The obsession with protecting girls’ modesty is not just the purview of Orthodox Jews. Elana Sztokman examines how the rhetoric around policing girls’ bodies has spread to secular schools in Israel and how this movement compares to a similar campaign among Christians.
That Rabbi Rosenblatt’s synagogue continues to support him shouldn’t come as a surprise, writes Elana Sztokman. There is a long history in both the Jewish and secular worlds of supporting high-profile figures accused of sexual misconduct.
I don’t think that you can – or should – keep your daughter away from Orthodoxy if that’s where her heart is headed. If you place yourselves as obstacles in her path, you risk losing her.
The past two weeks have seen eight Orthodox women in both Israel and America ordained as clergy. The titles may vary – from Maharat to Rabba to Rabbi – but effectively all are now to be considered rabbis.