Ironically, Friday’s announcement banning Orthodox women clergy by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) is an acknowledgement of the reality and impact of Orthodox women clergy. We are facts on the ground. I am the Rabba the RCA is decrying. I received ordination from Yeshivat Maharat in June this year and fully consider myself a member of the clergy. In some ways I’m lucky, as an Australian living in Jerusalem for the last four years, I’ve mostly been removed from the internal dynamics of Orthodox community politics and sectarianism. At the same time, I am willing to open my heart to hear deep concerns that people have, even when their concerns may directly negate me — and my values.
It seems everybody wants to be a celebrity these days. But the men whose names and faces are plastered across Facebook and Twitter, identifying them as husbands who are refusing to grant their wives a Jewish divorce, are surely famous against their will.
Israel’s election feels like a lifetime ago. Those of you with a suitably long memory, however, will recall that one of its defining features was empowerment of the underdog. There was the historic unification of Arab parties and Jewish-Arab party Hadash on one slate. And then there was the small matter of a feminist revolution with U’Bizchutan - Haredi Women Making Change, the first-ever ultra-Orthodox women’s party, joining the fold.
After uproar in the comments section, Walmart.com seems to have pulled its controversial Israeli soldier costume,just in time for Halloween. It might not be the best time ever to be promoting dressing up like an IDF soldier, but the makers of offensive Halloween costumes have never been particularly concerned with timing or taste. In case you’re in need of further proof, here are 5 examples, in no particular order, of costumes that are bad for women, queer folks, people of color and humanity in general.
1. Caitlyn Jenner
On Wednesday night, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue hosted feminist icon Gloria Steinem, in conversation with her longtime friend Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The 81-year-old read from her newest book, “My Life on the Road,” that chronicles her life as an activist and women’s rights champion through her itinerant lifestyle. Steinem also used the opportunity to share her personal side, showing humility and empathy to both the moderator, her longtime friend, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, as well as any and all of the women (and men!) who asked questions. Below are just five of the many things Gloria Steinem shared with the crowd: