When model Nicole Trunfio appeared on the cover of June’s Elle Australia breastfeeding her four month old son, the hashtag #normalizebreastfeeding generated on Twitter and Instagram, with both women and men discussing the importance of being able to breastfeed publicly without being censored or sexualized. Women posted pictures of themselves breastfeeding to social media platforms, demonstrating that the act is normal, necessary, and common.
A few weeks ago, the comedian and actress Mindy Kaling wanted to a share a dilemma she was facing with her 1.6 million Instagram followers. She posted a photo with the following: “Sour straws vs. chocolate shell. Sophie’s choice at age of ultron. I mean, THIS IS THE MOVIE.”
I’m looking at the lines in my notebook “Bonna Devora Haberman firstname.lastname@example.org” written carefully in neat precise handwriting. I had never imagined that only a few weeks after she gave me her email, Rabbi Haberman would no longer be in this world. Although she apparently had cancer for a while, in my blindness she didn’t appear any less radiant and vital than she always had. Anyone who has met her would probably agree that “glowing” is probably the best one word description of her being, constantly a joyous presence, upbeat, happy.
(JTA) — Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in retirement homes, homeless shelters, hospitals and even neglected cemeteries.
With the Treasury Department’s decision to boot Alexander Hamilton off the $10 bill in place of a woman, we have until 2020 - a century after women achieved voting rights - to choose which lovely lady to take his place. While the decision is ultimately in the hands of Jack Lew, the Treasury secretary, he’s seeking out public input. This will be the first time in 119 years that a female figure will adorn the face of American currency. Now we’re wondering which Jewish women we’d like to see on the new $10 bill.
It’s the law that no living person can appear on a bill, which leaves out contestants such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Gloria Steinem. Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court Justice and the first Jewish female Justice in history, is a long-time women’s rights activist and advocate of abortion rights. Fellow feminist, Steinem, now advocates internationally for equality after having risen among the ranks of women’s rights leaders after her New York Magazine article, “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation.”