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Pray Tell: On Jerusalem’s Feminist Activists, Women Of The Wall

If you go to to the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, you might see men singing loudly and dancing in circles. What you might not notice right away are the women, who are quietly murmuring and praying. The men’s side looks way more fun – plenty of my male friends have stories about that time they hung out at the wall with a Jewish celebrity. My boyfriend danced the hora there with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner. The total disparity in the fun department isn’t a personal preference – it’s actually Israeli law.

But a group of brave female activists, The Women of the Wall, are working to change that. Keep reading »

Sarah Silverman’s Rad Sister Rabbi Susan Silverman Detained For Jewish Feminist Activism

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  • We knew we loved Sarah Silverman — but it turns out her sister Susan Silverman is kinda rad, too. Silverman’s sister and niece were detained at the Western Wall, a holy site in Jerusalem where only men are allowed to pray [Update: Commenters have clarified men and women are segregated at the Wall and the section for women is much smaller. Also, the protesters were wearing traditional garments worn by men. You can read more about it in this New York Times article.], for staging a civil disobedience protest with the group “Women Of The Wall.” Silverman tweeted she is “SO proud” of her sis and niece. [Yahoo]
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  • Skype has some beauty tips if you’ll be spending V-Day Skype-sexing. [Racked]
  • This chick tried corset training and lived to tell about it. [The Gloss]
  • Madonna is on Instagram, y’all. [PopCrush] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: TV Broadcasters Ready And Waiting For Jesus’ Return

  • I thought this was an Onion headline, but I was mistaken: two American TV broadcasters have acquired studio space in Jerusalem so they have a prime spot for when Jesus returns. Christian broadcasters Daystar Television Network and Trinity Broadcasting Network will be there on the scene in case Christ returns to the Earth in human form. You have to give them credit: they’ll have an exclusive. Take that, Anderson Cooper! [L.A. Times]
  • Tyler Perry is bringing two scripted TV shows to Oprah’s OWN network. Hmm, maybe that’ll help the ratings. [Uptown Magazine]
  • And your 2013 Academy Awards host will be (drumroll please) …… [Celebrity Cafe]

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Lady-Blurring Glasses Are Like Beer Goggles For Orthodox Jews

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Let’s say you’re having a problem. Say you’re a dude, and your vision is just too good. It’s so good that you can see attractive women, and those women turn you on. How will you solve your problem? Learn not to stare at people? Teach yourself that women’s bodies are not pieces of meat? Naaaah. Just buy a pair of blurry glasses!

Stores in Mea Sharim, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, are carrying special blurred glasses designed to help men avoid looking at women. These special glasses blur out anything that is more than ten feet away, which means that men can do things like cross the street safely, read the newspaper, and stare lasciviously at women who have the misfortune of only being nine and a half feet away. Keep reading »

Forget To Buy A Wedding Gift? Put Money In The Couple’s Bank

A wedding hall in Jerusalem now offers couples the option of renting a credit card machine so guests can swipe their card, type in an amount, and, voilà, instant wedding gift, no shopping or check-writing required. The machine costs about $155 to rent, so couples would have to evaluate whether they think guests will actually use the machine. What would the invitations say, “We accept all major credit cards”? A Reuters story says that guests to weddings in Israel already give money to couples, rather than table settings and the like, and this isn’t that big a change, but do you think it would fly in the U.S.? [Reuters] Keep reading »

No SATC Ads In Jerusalem

The billboard company responsible for advertising the Sex and the City movie decided not to hang posters or billboards in Jerusalem or Petah Tikva because of the two cities’ large religious populations. Residents of Jerusalem and Petah Tikva are very lucky. [Jerusalem Post] Keep reading »

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