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In a country with actual child marriage, it might seem as if a 23-year-old wearing an engagement ring would not cause any sort of controversy. And yet I can’t say I was all that surprised by Penina Krieger’s account of the negative, judgmental response she’s received, from people who think she’s basically a child bride. Which, to be clear, a 23-year-old bride is not.
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.
Last night, around 11 PM, I called my family who lives in California to hear how they were reacting to the election results. My father, a man who has strong conservative values and cares little for being politically correct, has been a Donald supporter from the start. He’s well aware that his daughter, who spent four years at an all women’s college and now works for a feminist non-profit, supports Hillary. I knew my father would be giddy with delight at Donald’s lead, but I called him anyways because that’s what I do when I’m scared. I call my dad.
After one haredi Orthodox newspaper printed a photo of Hillary Clinton, a rival haredi paper accused it of breaking Jewish law.
Moshe Sebbag, the rabbi of the Grand Synagogue of Paris, announced this week that he supports the French ban on burkinis, the modest swimwear some Muslim women wear to cover up on the beach.