By Haviva Ner-David
Remembering the Orthodox rabbi who dared to ordain me, an Orthodox woman
A writer and spiritual companion remembers Rabbi Arie Strikovsky, an Israeli iconoclast who died May 21.
Did Rabbi Freundel Build Mikveh for Own Fantasy?
Photo by Nir Keidar/Haaretz (Haaretz) — When I first heard about Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest on grounds of voyeurism, I was upset, but not horrified. If the allegations are true, I thought, we have a case of a sick man who couldn’t control his sexual urges. Sad. Especially since he carries a title that would…
A Mother Laments Her Son’s Combat Goal
The hardest thing about moving to Israel from the United States has been dealing with the fact that by moving here I have put my children in physical and moral danger. Of course I know that danger lurks everywhere — car accidents, cancer-causing pollutants, violent criminals. When I am in a mall in Israel with…
Sara Hurwitz, Don’t Accept the Title ‘Maharat’
As one of the first women to receive private Orthodox rabbinic ordination, I was disheartened to hear Maharat Sara Hurwitz give up her title of “Rabba” (the female version of “Rabbi” chosen by the Academy of the Hebrew Language). In a speech she gave recently at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance conference, she said that…
The Robinson’s Arch ‘Solution’ Is No Solution
I was in Jerusalem twice last month — both times to pray at the Western Wall. The first was for the monthly Rosh Hodesh service of Women of the Wall, and the second was for a family bar mitzvah. Unfortunately, neither prayer services went smoothly. I have been active in Women of the Wall for…
In season 4 of ‘Fauda,’ Israeli tactics come under fire — and so do the show’s heroes
7 killed in Jerusalem synagogue shooting and 2 wounded in subsequent attack
In Jonah Hill’s offensive new movie, a Black-Jewish love story comes with a side of conspiracy theories
I want Judd Hirsch to win an Oscar — but not like this
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Israeli emissary blames political foes for eroding relations with American Jews