Posts Tagged: Knesset Results 10
On his “Martini Judaism” blog at Religion News Service, Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin discusses “a private meeting between American Jewish religious leaders and members of the Knesset, held under the auspices of the Ruderman Family Foundation.” In the piece, Salkin names attendees, remarking, between parentheses, “Yes, there were more women Knesset members than women American Jewish religious leaders — which tells you something about American Judaism and/or how these invitation lists get constructed.”
Remember last summer’s burkini ban in France, where police (!) in the South of France — as in, actual police, not fashion-police-y French beach-goers — demanded a woman take off a bathing suit a new law deemed too modest? (See Jane Eisner’s analysis.) Even more frighteningly (though neither is great…), in Mosul, Iraq, reports the New York Times, ISIS-enforced dress codes require women to cover every part of their bodies, a complicated procedure involving gloves and eye coverings.
This has been a tough week for women in Israel. While the Knesset was debating how much power the rabbinate should have over women immersing in the ritual bath, or mikveh, Women of the Wall Executive Director Leslie Sachs was being arrested at the Western Wall for carrying a Torah.
Miri Regev, Tamar Zandberg, Ayelet Shaked, Stav Shaffir. There are a number of women who serve in the Knesset today, and a few are even cabinet ministers. In addition to achieving political prominence, they have also had a taste of the pleasures of sexism: Regev is a “vulgar Mizrahi,” Zandberg is a “leftist in a tank top,” Shaked is a “icy beauty,” Shaffir is a “mischievous redheaded girl,” and there are many, many more examples of such comments.