Gender and Equality

5 posts

womens issues in israel

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

Blessed are you Hashem, our God, King of the universe, 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 therefore… Continue Reading >>

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Exclusion of Women in Israel takes it a Step Further

The 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 is inappropriate for female waitresses to serve them. This situation is out of control.… Continue Reading >>

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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 faces were blurred, the boy’s faces were not. I went on to the website of… Continue Reading >>

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 to say thank you. I am calling to ask you to please continue this fight. We… Continue Reading >>