When the Orthodox Union released their statement on female clergy last week, I was not particularly upset. I was not sad, I was not angry, and I was not anxious. I felt perhaps a tinge of frustration, coupled with a disappointment that had been dulled by months and months of expectation. As a staff member at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), I had learned about the OU’s decision to release a statement over the summer. And as a resident of Washington Heights, I had already spoken to Rabbi Ezra Schwartz, senior rabbi at Mount Sinai Jewish Center, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University, and one of the members of the OU’s rabbinic panel, multiple times. I did not need to read the psak or the statement to know what the decision would be.
The consensus is in: Everyone wants to be 23-year-old Cazzie David, Larry David’s daughter. Or at least, her life looks pretty enjoyable, as it involves lounging in the sun and mingling with comedy legends. A 2015 Schmooze post by Maia Efrem alerted readers to Cazzie’s (and sister Romy’s) glamorous Instagram presence. Well, Romy’s account is private and Cazzie’s is not, which may explain why Anna Silman devoted the latest “I Like This Bitch’s Life” installment, from Monday, to Cazzie alone. Writes Silman: “In the realm of quirky, neurotic Jewish girls who love comedy, Cazzie represents the platonic ideal, the kind of person you’d cast in an idealized movie version of your own life.”
Because one can only watch so much Poirot, on Sunday night I saw Paul Verhoeven’s award-winner, controversial movie Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert. The film opens with a rape scene; whether the end result is exploitative, empowering, or just Art is a subject of critical debate.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reportedly says she would change the electoral college if she had the chance — and suggested she was planning to stay healthy enough to keep her spot on the bench.
In an important piece in the Stranger, Dan Savage pushes back against the notion — recently resurfaced, Savage notes, in the New Yorker — that same-sex marriage was and is, in effect, a first-world problem, of interest only to wealthy gay white men, not to the LGBTQ community more generally. As Savage explains, marriage rights are anything but an elite concern: “You gotta wonder if marriage rights aren’t coming in handy right now for unmarried binational same-sex couples in the US or for Americans dating or in love with undocumented immigrants.”