By Emily Schneider
How Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ broke taboos around interfaith marriage
The young adult classic, soon to be a movie, was a rare portrayal of an increasingly common reality, writes a kids lit critic
The Secret Jewish History Of Rosie The Riveter
At the end of World War II, fascism seemed to have met its well-deserved end, a result far from inevitable when the conflict began. The New York Historical Society exhibit “Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms,” open through September 2, reminds visitors how fragile democracy appeared at the time. While American men served overseas, women’s…
When Jewish Children’s Books Try To Be Diverse — And Fail
“Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book,” is the opening salvo of We Need Diverse Books, an organization that makes the case for greater inclusion of marginalized groups and scrutinizes existing books for their failure to recognize the experiences of oppressed people, such as people of…
A Yeshiva U Rabbi Called Feminists ‘Whores.’ They’re Not Backing Down.
There is a famous scene in the movie “Casablanca” in which Renault asks Rick why he came to Casablanca. “I came for the waters,” Rick says. When Renault reminds Rick that Casablanca is in the desert, Rick answers wryly, “I was misinformed.” I thought of this exchange when I read about recent events at YU’s…
When Men Pray, Women Are Asked To Leave The Room
Separate but unequal is inherently unequal. The Orthodox requirement for separate religious spheres, including for prayer, is understood in the modern Orthodox world not as an exception to this axiom, but as a divinely ordained protection of complementary roles for men and women in Jewish law. The case is closed for disputing the paradox of…
Why do Orthodox women keep getting Harvey Weinstein wrong?
Like so many of us, I have now read many of the accounts of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims, as well as the courageous descriptions of assault and harassment by other working women. Predictably, there have been some accusatory or simply obtuse articles suggesting that the women who have come forward have been themselves guilty of…
Modesty Isn’t About Shells. It’s About Patriarchy.
Upon reading Michelle Honig’s article “Why This Orthodox Layering Trend Has to Stop”, I felt more worked up than I might have expected about a fashion item, albeit an extremely popular one laden with meaning. In her article, Ms. Honig attacks the “Kiki Riki” brand shell, a ubiquitous clothing trend used to ensure modesty for…
Eight (Jewish) Things You Didn’t Know About Eloise
Eloise, the irrepressible and obnoxious resident of New York’s famed Plaza Hotel, is currently the focus of an exhibit at the New-York Historical Society titled “Eloise at the Museum.” Many admirers of this privileged child dedicated to creative disruption are unaware that her creator, Kay Thompson, was born Catherine Louise (Kitty) Fink in St. Louis,…
Biden is preparing to defy Israel in wartime — something no president has done since Eisenhower
‘I’m screaming for help’: Jewish students face violence at UC Berkeley Israel talk
Israel’s greatest threat? Unwavering belief in its own morality
In a viral video interview, Libs of TikTok founder endorses an antisemitic conspiracy theory
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‘Our Palestine Question’: The first American Jews to fight for Palestinian rights
Wed., Mar. 6, 2024 • 2 P.M. ET
Geoffrey Levin, a professor of Jewish studies at Emory University, joins Forward reporter Arno Rosenfeld in conversation about his new book, "Our Palestine Question: Israel and American Jewish Dissent, 1948-1978."
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