Hollywood’s favorite Jewish divorce lawyer just landed another A-list client.
What does the word “mensch” really mean? Of course, everyone knows its connotations of decency, kindness and humility; these are not gendered qualities. Yet in common usage, the word is often applied more to men than to women:
Two dolls taken away from Jewish sisters during the Holocaust found a home with a French family — for three generations.
Tim Gunn, fashion designer and Project Runway host, has had a lot to say about female bodies lately. He recently published a call-out of the fashion industry in The Washington Post, decrying the ways in which it fails women size 12 and over. While many of his points were spot on, necessary truths, he focused on improvements that were ultimately revealing about his thoughts on plus sized bodies: namely, that plus-size women should be offered clothing that “can create an optical illusion that help us look taller and slimmer.” This idea communicates that a fat body is acceptable only so long as it is striving as best it can to look like a thin body.
The first commandment in the Torah is pru u’rvu, be fruitful and multiply. That is, have babies, lots of ‘em. According to Jewish law, it’s a mitzvah – an obligation. Which Ivanka Trump would seem to take seriously, already 3 kids in. The Torah – and Jewish tradition - was able to require this of Jews because of the assumption that the community in which Jewish children were raised would throw all their resources behind supporting the mothers – and children - that were the product of such a commandment.