There is no basis in Jewish law for requiring an attendant at a ritual bath, but rabbis demand one anyway, raising privacy and spiritual concerns.
Last year, the issue of agunoth or “chained women” — women who are unable to remarry — hit popular culture in the form of a movie, “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem.” The Israeli film, nominated for a Golden Globe and selected as the country’s contender for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language film category, follows the drawn-out legal battle of an Israeli woman trying to secure a get, or bill of divorce, from her recalcitrant husband. According to Jewish and Israeli law, only the husband can divorce the wife.
Of all days to commemorate the near-disappearance of Jewish communities in Arab countries, why choose November 30? Shayna Zamkanei argues that the date signifies a radical departure from the tenets of Zionism.
A pogrom targeting Iraqi Jews began in Baghdad 74 years ago today. It’s worth remembering not only as a calamity, but also as a fragile symbol of hope, writes Shayna Zamkanei.
Why are we joyous on Lag B’Omer? Should we be mourning during the Omer? The answers are not as straightforward as they seem.