Monday, August 3, 2015 Av 18, 5775
By:
Avi Shafran
At the end of last summer, dozens of women launched a protest against the practice of separate men's and women's seating on some Israeli public bus routes servicing haredi Orthodox communities. They boarded the buses and sat down among the men, expecting to provoke some strong reaction. The women, some dressed in decidedly non-haredi style, expected to be forced to...
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Don't Relegate a Significant Segment of the Population to Second-Class Status
By:
Nancy Ratzan
Last spring, two Israeli newspapers doctored photographs of the new Israeli Cabinet to remove the images of two female ministers, Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver. In one paper, the women's faces were replaced with two male ministers; in the other, they were blotted out. The erasure of the women's faces was in accordance with the ultra-Orthodox view that it is...
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By:
Adam Oded
I imagine that many people nodded their heads as they read the findings in the 2009 Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia indicating a graying population and a dearth of younger Jews. For me, it raised more questions than answers. In the last year, I have met hundreds of young Jewish adults who have moved to Philadelphia. Some of these...
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By:
Monroe E. Price
Each day, there's a new drama in the papers or on TV about the complexities of citizenship -- the yearning to acquire it, the frustrations of denial, the abuses and the benefits. Citizenship as status is one of the defining narratives of an identity laden and struggling global system of nation states. As I and my children have sorted out...
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By:
Leslie Hilgeman
Growing up in an interfaith family -- Mom was Jewish and Dad wasn't -- our faiths were often seen from the outside as a source of tension and controversy. Inside the family, we were told that no one was worth any more or less due to the faith in which he or she was raised. But deep inside, I still...
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