Posts tagged "judaism"

Is This Rabbi A Feminist Hero Or A Sadistic Male Torturer?

A trial began today in Trenton, New Jersey, for Orthodox Jewish rabbi Mendel Epstein, who has been charged with attempted kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, after being arrested for kidnapping and torturing Jewish men who refused to grant their wives divorces. Epstein was indicted last May, though as the Village Voice reported back…
By: Beejoli Shah / February 18, 2015

The Soapbox: Why Macklemore’s Costume Matters

Last Friday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed a surprise music concert at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. Awesome, right? Only, because it was a surprise, Macklemore wanted to go a bit incognito and donned a costume. But the costume was anything but awesome. To me, and many others, the costume looked like a…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 20, 2014

Macklemore Performs In Seattle In Costume Some Characterized As A Jewish Stereotype

A surprise performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would get me excited, sure. And that's probably what a lot of audience members were feeling at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle (where Macklemore's coat from the "Thrift Shop" video hangs in the collection). But folks all over — including Seth Rogen —…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

True Story: I’m Planning My Bat Mitzvah And My Inter-Faith Wedding At The Same Time

Six weeks ago, when I sat down with my Rabbi in anticipation of my upcoming Bat Mitzvah, I was most nervous to tell him that I was in love with a WASP—who happens to be the kind, caring person I’m marrying. Before I could be officially…
By: Emma Sarran / April 7, 2014

Jew Learn Something New Every Day: On Mitzvah Campaigns And “Bageling”

If you live in New York City, or if you've ever paid a visit to the fair metro during a Jewish holiday, there's a good chance you've witnessed this fairly common practice: an Orthodox Jewish man, or perhaps two or three, dressed in traditional garb, stands on a street corner, asking select passersby if they're…
By: Rachel Krause / September 26, 2013

Yep, “Jewtopia” Is A Real Movie Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt And Some Other Jews

Oh, good, just what Judaism needs: more fetishism and bizarre cultural misappropriations! Because that whole Holocaust thing wasn't enough persecution. No, we need more. More, I say! And it must involve Jennifer Love Hewitt. I'm going to tell you the truth; I haven't deigned to watch the trailer for "Jewtopia". I'm just going to put…
By: Rachel Krause / September 22, 2013

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…
By: Lilit Marcus / March 14, 2013

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

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2013

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…
By: Lilit Marcus / December 4, 2012

The Perfect Holiday Beauty Supplement For Any Good Nail Art-Loving Jew

I went to Hebrew school for three years, and every single second of it was unequivocally lame. I was, of course, really terribly behaved, because that's the family legacy. (My dad was ejected from the same establishment for riding a bike through the halls 30+ years earlier.) But maybe if I had Rabbi Yael Buechler…
By: Rachel Krause / December 4, 2012

5 Things I’m Atoning For This Rosh Hashanah

I'm not the most devout Jew. Obviously, if I were, I'd be sitting in temple right now listening to the rabbi blow a shofar until I was half-deaf. But instead, I'm here reflecting on what I'll need to ask forgiveness for. I figure, at least attempting to self-reflect, whether I do it in a house…
By: Ami Angelowicz / September 18, 2012

A Woman’s Guide To Hasidic Street Harassment

Living in New York City means getting used to street harassment. In the past few years, my name has been Baby, Sexy, Bitch, and Hey You, Why Don’t You Smile? I’ve learned when to give the finger and when to hide. My friend Jen Dziura, a life coaching columnist, advises women that the…
By: Lilit Marcus / August 8, 2012

Girl Talk: Planning My Lesbian Jewish Wedding

In my mid-twenties, I came out as a lesbian. But the hardest part wasn't even coming out: it was realizing my wedding would be different and therefore I was different. It took me a few years to come to terms with the fact that my wedding wouldn’t have a groom or any of the other…
By: Sara-Rivka Davidson / June 25, 2012

What Happens When Ex-Orthodox Jews Need To Learn How To Date?

Dating is hard enough. But what about dating when you've recently left an insular religious community that pretty much forbade interaction with the opposite sex? Such is the problem faced by ex-Orthodox Jews who are "Off the Derech" (derech is Hebrew for path), or OTD, and assimilating into secular society. Hasidic communities separate boys and girl…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2012

The Soapbox: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me Not Puke

A few weeks ago, an article in the Orthodox Jewish newspaper The Jewish Press began to make waves in the religious community. Yitta Halberstam, a well-known Jewish author, wrote about the process of trying to find her son a wife. In her part of the Jewish community (a right-wing faction of Orthodoxy sometime…
By: Lilit Marcus / April 17, 2012

Drew A Jew? 8 Celebs Who Converted For Love

L'chaim! Another one joins the tribe! Drew Barrymore is reportedly converting to Judaism before she marries fiance Will Kopelman, because being a shiksa won't fly. It's time to start brushing up on the Torah and boot up that old episode of "Sex and the City" where Charlotte converts for Harry Goldblatt. [New…
By: The Frisky / January 28, 2012

Finding God In A Vibrator

I once spent a 4th of July weekend with about 15 hardcore evangelical Christians. (Ex-Mr. Jessica's sister was a born-again.) Explaining to some of the women what kind of website I write for proved to be awkward. But when I told one woman that The Frisky was similar to Cosmopolitan magazine, she exclaimed, "Oh, I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2011

Nerd Girl Porn: 22 Hot Members Of The Tribe

It's Hanukkah time again. Let us not forget to honor the hot Jewish guys who keep our flame burning all year. These sizzling members of the tribe are nothing to sneeze about. That wasn’t a “big nose” joke by the way. Click through to see some amazing Jewish men who are not the short, cheap,…
By: Ami Angelowicz / December 21, 2011

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

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 bee…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 7, 2011

Dealbreaker: I Wasn’t Jewish Enough

I never thought I'd be the type of woman to date a religious guy. A Reform Jew by upbringing, my family ate bagels, lox, and pickled herring on Sundays, lit our Menorah every Hanukkah, and sat through services on the High Holy Days. I learned how to pronounce the word afikomen. My mom referred to…
By: Ami Angelowicz / July 19, 2011
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