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Pray Tell: What The Brooklyn Hasidic Rape Trial Tells Us About Religion Colliding With The Modern World

In Brooklyn, a 17-year-old girl just testified against the man accused of sexually assaulting her. On the surface, this case is sadly too familiar: she and her accused rapist are both members of a strict right wing sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, known as the Satmar Hasidim.

Extreme groups exist in every religion, and Judaism is no exception. However, the Satmar Hasidim are a fringe group within a fringe group. Though they are ultra-Orthodox Jews (meaning that they keep kosher, observe the Sabbath, and follow all the other rules), they differ from other super-religious Jews in that they don’t support the nation of Israel. Like other ultra-Orthodox Jews (this isn’t really a thing in the more liberal branches of Judaism), they keep strict gender segregation, sending boys and girls to different schools that teach different subjects and keeping men and women separated in synagogue. But the rape case currently happening in Brooklyn could blow the roof of the place. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Jewish Women, Move To The Side For Men!

Today's Lady News
  • New signs have been posted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which read “Precious Jewish daughters, please move over to the side when you see man come across.” The neighborhood has a high concentration of Orthodox Jews, who operate a strict separation between the sexes among people who are unrelated. So far, at least 16 signs have been removed by New York City’s parks department — not because of their content but because they were nailed to trees, which is illegal. [Brooklyn Paper]
  • On domestic violence and doing “too much” in self-defense. [Madame Noire]
  • Geeks in the Seattle area, make sure you check out Geek Girl Con this weekend (Oct. 8 and 9) for as much nerdiness as you can handle! [Geek Girl Con 2011]
  • Paula Louise Ettelbrick, an LGBT activist and former executive director of the nonprofit International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, died today at 56. [Queerty]
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