Israeli Women Fight to Be Seen and Heard

Some of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish women say they have a problem: their community, which makes up about 10 percent of the Israeli population, wants to pretend they don't exist. So Kolech, the first Orthodox Jewish feminist organization in Israel, is filing Israel's first-ever gender segregation class-action… » 9/06/12 10:50am 9/06/12 10:50am

Orthodox Jews Debate Chicken-Swinging Ritual

In the Yom Kippur tradition of kaparot, some Orthodox Jews swing a live chicken above their heads, then slaughter it, often donating the meat to charity. But some now say the practice is inhumane. Rabbi Meir Hirsch says the chickens "spend all day in the sun without food or drink" before their deaths. He adds, "You… » 10/06/11 5:05pm 10/06/11 5:05pm

Kosher Sex Toy Site Helps Orthodox Jews "Enhance Their Intimate Moments"

Most people don't think of kosher laws as extending to the bedroom — but the website KosherSexToys aims to make the sex-toy buying process more comfortable for Orthodox Jews. » 9/12/11 4:15pm 9/12/11 4:15pm

The Funniest Figure Skating Faces • Meryl Streep To Speak At Barnard

BuzzFeed's roundup of the 20 Funniest Figure Skating Faces is wonderfully hilarious without being even the slightest bit mean-spirited. Only one complaint: No Johnny Weir. Is that because he always looks this fierce? • » 2/19/10 5:30pm 2/19/10 5:30pm

In yesterday's post about Orthodox Jews and anorexia, I made some incorrect generalizations about the dress codes among the Orthodox. I was wrong. I have pants-wearing, high-powered job-having, New Orthodox cousins, and so it's especially bad that I spoke so sloppily. And I'm sorry! I'm not sorry about Tefillin Barbie » 2/29/08 9:45am 2/29/08 9:45am

Author: Some Orthodox Men Want Their Brides Below A Size Eight

In some Orthodox Jewish sects, women must wear sleeves past the elbow and skirts (never trousers) past the knees. Slits are verboten (those are for harlots!): kick pleats need only apply. Married women must always cover their heads; most shave their hair off and wear wigs. You'd think with all this covering up, many… » 2/28/08 2:00pm 2/28/08 2:00pm

Celebrate The Season: Make A Toy Temple!

My childhood was perhaps best defined by two things: My Jewish day school education and my love of playing with dolls. So it's no surprise that I am immensely fascinated by the blog Juggling Frogs, on which a woman named Carolyn chronicles her life as a "Torah-observing" wife and mother. Carolyn, you see, built her… » 12/05/07 1:30pm 12/05/07 1:30pm