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.
Many try to mitigate Barry Freundel’s crimes with the claim that peeping on women in the mikveh isn’t violent. Elana Sztokman couldn’t disagree more.
Long considered one of the country’s most sexist institutions, Israel’s police force is finally taking charges of sexual misconduct seriously writes Elana Sztokman.
What sparked Elana Sztokman’s newfound desire to learn how to bake challah? Haviva Ner David’s new book challenging traditional Jewish gender roles at home.
Feminist scholar and activist Elana Sztokman argues that the newly formed Haredi women’s party is just the most recent example of the feminist revolution taking place in the ultra-Orthodox world.