One of the creepiest aspects of the second presidential debate was the way Trump seemed, from his body language, almost to be stalking Hillary Clinton. When she moved to one side, he followed. He stood behind her, often with very little distance between them, silent, frowning, looking like he was growling.
The Israeli government – currently in the midst of various financial crises like a doctors’ strike and a revolt by municipalities protesting major cuts to education – has miraculously found 10 million NIS for something that until now has never really existed. That is: non-Orthodox mikvehs.
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.
Acting against type, the Israeli military canceled the promotion of an Israeli general after he was accused of raping a female soldier and sexually harassing another. Brig.-Gen. Ofek Buchris, a highly praised commander who received a citation for bravery during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002 and was reportedly shortlisted for the next chief-of-staff. He was about to become head of the prominent Operations Division when one of his alleged victims filed a complaint with the police. After polygraphs with both the accused and the complainant, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot recalled the nomination.
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.
Last Thursday, at a meeting of parents of Kids4Peace, I had a remarkable experience that both shocked me and inspired me. It’s unique Jewish-Muslim-Christian camp for residents of Jerusalem and its environs, in which my daughter participated last summer. Over the last year, the children have met regularly and their parents have met simultaneously in adjoining rooms. It has been an eye-opening experience, a powerful reminder of the importance of getting to know people around you — especially people who are different from you.
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.