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

Hero or Sidekick?

I think Yom Kippur is about Superheroes. I hate Yom Kippur. I hate fasting, I can never concentrate when I'm hungry, so before this abysmal day begins I'm going to share some thoughts while my mind is still awake. On this day we do two things which do not come naturally to humans: fasting and… Continue reading Hero or Sidekick?

Let’s Talk About This: Keeping Kosher vs. Internet Bullying

First, two quick facts about me: I'm Jewish I keep Kosher These facts are important players in this story, which is partly about a Facebook post, but mostly about the horrendous politics of the Kashrut industry. (Kashrut = the state of being Kosher.) The following picture was posted on Facebook, along with a plea to… Continue reading Let’s Talk About This: Keeping Kosher vs. Internet Bullying