The debate about the wealthy housewives of the Upper East Side has focused attention on enduring gender roles. Elissa Strauss asks if Jewish women have figured out whether working at home is a blessing — or just oppressive.
In this installment of Godology, Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo discuss what it means not to believe that the Torah was written by God’s hand.
The brassy Jewish woman has long been a standard character on both stage and screen. But Pamela Adlon’s character on ‘Louie’ is turning the stereotype on its head.
Elissa Strauss found the experience of cutting her 2-1/2-year-old son’s hair for the first time left her strangely despondent, as if she was taming his essential wildness.
Our survey looking into who makes Passover happen finds it’s mostly thanks to women. Read your Seder stories and a full breakdown of the poll about how the work gets done.
Elissa Strauss always thought there was some ideal Seder that she could eventually attain. But this year she’s decided that that isn’t what the holiday is about.
Is Passover still women’s work? The first installment of our ‘Who Sets the Table?’ series is about to find out — with a little help from you and your personal holiday stories.
We live at a time that does not value teachers as bearers of special knowledge, writes Elissa Strauss. But we need to recapture that quality if we ever hope to connect with Jewish learning.
When word spread about Cameron Diaz’s Jewish-inspired wedding, some celebrated. But others see a danger in celebrities cherry-picking our traditions.
Elissa Strauss didn’t realize when she was young that all her role models were men. She wants to know why no one taught her about Gloria Steinem or Bella Abzug.