Elana Sztokman felt old at the funeral for Israel’s slain teens, a massive gathering dominated by Jewish adolescents. What will they take away from this formative event?
The three kidnapped teens who were found murdered near Hebron will be buried side-by-side.
The plain vanilla Israeli bedroom community of Modi’in gave Yair Lapid’s centrist party 27 percent of its vote. Now the time has come to ask: What does it want in return?
This Sukkot, there is a religious battle going on in the city of Modi’in, Israel, and as often happens in such battles, it is being fought over women’s bodies.
A 4-year-old Israeli boy died after being left behind by his Talmud teacher in a ‘burning hot’ locked car for several hours on a 90-degree day.
Lots of people have claimed in recent weeks that gender segregation is reaching new heights. But never before has the charge been so, well, literal. Making your way up in an elevator should be, according to some members of the Haredi pro-segregation lobby, a single-gender affair.
The City of Modi’in, Israel may yet see 50% female representation on its city council in the next election. Mayor Haim Bibas, speaking recently at an evening dedicated to women in leadership, said that he personally hopes to see women as fully equals in the local party lists in 2013.
There are no halachic problems with women becoming rabbis, and virtually no rabbinic functions that women cannot perform. So argued Dr. Hana Kehat last week at the inaugural Limmud Modi’in conference — a Jewish learning festival modeled on the famous Limmud conferences of England. Kehat, the renowned scholar and founder of the Orthodox feminist organization Kolech, spoke on a panel (along with yours truly) about the subject of Orthodox women rabbis.