As I have every August in recent years, I am busy preparing my children to return to school. While I am excited for them to continue learning and growing, I can’t help but think about the millions of children—especially girls—in other parts of the world who are denied the right to an education. Tragically, many are forced to marry at a young age, confined to a life of arduous household work and caring for babies of their own.
(JTA) — I was in Charlottesville on Saturday. I felt called to go because white supremacy is a hateful ideology that has murdered millions throughout history and continues to kill.
I went because my family and ancestors suffered at the hands of anti-Semites throughout history, because I bear their scars on my DNA, because the Jewish day school where I teach received a bomb threat this spring, and I cannot let Nazi flags fly in my state without response.
Activists are pushing to bring periods into the mainstream — to strip pads and tampons of their sales taxes, to bring the products into public restrooms and to kill the stigma surrounding menstruation talks.
Teenage girls are arbiters of cool. They predicted The Beatles. They are the earliest and keenest adapters to new technology. They vastly surpass boys in college attendance numbers and have since the 1970s. They are consistently on the forefront of advances in fashion, fitness, and popular culture. Full industries rise and fall at their whims. They are quite literally the future.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — In honor of the “Jewish day of love,” Tu B’Av, the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization reports that there is increasing public interest in its halachic prenuptial agreement.