Dear World, This Is Not What Judaism Really Is

"Give up," my coworker says to me, as she watches me hack away at the keyboard angrily. "They'll never listen to you. You can't change the world." My coworker's words of encouragement were said about my reaction to this article (sorry, can't find English link just yet) which my friend posted on Facebook this morning. It talks … Continue reading Dear World, This Is Not What Judaism Really Is

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Keep Moving Forward – On Holocaust Education

I have a confession to make. I don’t like the holocaust. I don’t like thinking about, reading about, or talking about the holocaust. I don’t like hearing disturbing jokes about the difference between Santa and the Jews. I don’t like confronting the horrors in our past. I admit it. I don’t like learning about the … Continue reading Keep Moving Forward – On Holocaust Education

Book Review: Akiva’s Orchard by Yochi Brandes

הפרדס של עקיבא by Yochi Brandes My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is an important book if you are interested in Judaism or Jewish history, or Jewish. The main thing it does is takes the million Rabbis you've heard of and organizes them in your head: Who lives when, whose student is whom, where … Continue reading Book Review: Akiva’s Orchard by Yochi Brandes

Women Talk to a Wall – and Get Arrested

On the first day of every Jewish month, women all over the world hold their breath. Some of us cross our fingers; some of us pray or meditate. Some of us can't be there to support them, so wherever we are we hold still and hope really hard that the Women of the Wall don’t … Continue reading Women Talk to a Wall – and Get Arrested

The Jewish Woman’s Cloak of Invisibility

Do you ever find yourself walking down the street on an ordinary day, and experience a stranger purposely avert their eyes from you as you walk by them? * A little background for those unfamiliar with the phenomenon: In ultra-religious Judaism there are strict rules about separation of men and women. There are many reasons … Continue reading The Jewish Woman’s Cloak of Invisibility