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

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