New Mikva Rulings Support Womens Choice to Immerse Alone

The new mikva rulings passed down by the high court, supporting women’s choice to immerse alone, was not a law I saw being passed anytime in the near future. Going back three and a half years: I remember that day so clearly, although I push it away and try to keep it buried deep down memory lane. […]

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“Blessed are you… for not having made me a woman”

Ever since I can remember, I have always found the verse in my prayer book: “Blessed are you, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, for not having made me a woman”, offensive. In high school, it was explained to us that men say this verse because women are on a higher level, and therefor men […]

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Exclusion of Women in Israel takes it a Step Further

Exclusion of women in Israel takes it a step further.  According to this report a restaurant in the heart of Rehavia, must not allow female waitresses to work on Thursday evenings ,or else they will lose their Badatz Agudat Israel Hechsher. The reason: many men go out to eat at the restaurant on Thursday nights, and it […]

MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

After feeling like we took one small step in the right direction, I now feel like we took two steps back. A few weeks ago I (along with the rest of my neighborhood) received the weekly advertisement booklet. In this booklet there were advertisements of boy’s and girl’s dressed up in purim costumes. The girl’s […]

Desperate to be heard

Yesterday, my view of ultra orthodox extremists and those who suffer in silence from them, changed. Many of those keeping silent are desperate to be heard. I received a phone call in the morning from a woman who asked in a soft, low voice “is this Margolese?” I said yes, and she continued “I am calling […]