(JTA) — The same week Tamar Manasseh’s African-American son was going to become a bar mitzvah, gang violence killed two 13-year-old black boys who were also from Chicago’s South Side.
As she picked out the bar mitzvah suit for her son, Manasseh couldn’t shake the image of the slain boys’ mothers, who were likely also picking out suits — for their sons to be buried in.
Today, the character of Wonder Woman – she of the super strength, lasso, and controversial but iconic red bustier – is being initiated as a United Nations Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women And Girls. When announced earlier this month, the honor drew ire from some, especially as it followed close on the failure of a campaign for the U.N. to select its first woman secretary-general as Ban Ki-moon’s replacement.
I was recently at a Cos store in lower Manhattan, browsing the minimalist Scandinavian fashions alongside some Hasidic women and children when I suddenly noticed that there were men with them as well. I say “suddenly” because what I immediately noticed was that the men were wearing shtreimels, the large fur hats some observant Jewish men wear on holidays. The men in the group were, by virtue of the hats in question, dressed so much more strikingly than the women (particularly given the weather; it’s not really the season for non-ceremonial fur hats), and the streimels looked so unexpectedly of a piece with the overall aesthetic of the store.
Below, dear Sisterhood readers, you will find links to some stories that at least one Jewish woman (moi) thought seemed enticing.
“Nobody has more respect for women than I do” is, coming from Trump, the sort of lie that can’t be fact-checked. It’s like when the pizza place on the corner, the one with no customers, puts up a sign declaring it has the “best pizza” in New York.