“Tell her what you told me. About the tampons.” I gawked at this face-off between my mother and my seventh grade science teacher, Ms. Johnson. “Mrs. Yashari, tampons do not make women lose their virginity,” she said. My whole life was a lie.
In the New York Post, Lauren Steussy reports on a planned Israeli wedding with a twist:
At Narratively, Abigail Holtzman tells the story of Rachell Goldberg, who goes to a mikvah (specifically, Mikvah Chaim in Washington, D.C.) as solace during treatment for breast cancer. According to Holtzman’s reporting, visiting a mikvah for spiritual reasons, but beyond the times required by Jewish law, is “still kosher.” Kosher, and, for some, deeply meaningful:
It’s only at the end of Kyle Smith’s National Review takedown of Chelsea Clinton that we arrive at the inevitable where women are concerned, this one especially:
In the Canadian Jewish News, Janice Arnold shares the story of Nakuset, an indigenous Canadian (Cree) woman adopted by Montreal Jews. Nakuset (one name only) is executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, spoke at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Westmount, Quebec on April 30th at an event called “‘Imagining Tomorrow: Lessons from Indigenous Youth.’” Her adoption took place within the context of a broader Canadian program from the 1960s to the 1980s, in which the Canadian government took children from impoverished First Nations families. The program sounds troubling to say the least: