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Strange Thoughts- A new take on Loving the Stranger

Crossposted at Jewschool When newspaper style guides started adopting “they ” and “their” as singular, gender-neutral pronouns a friend told me, “I get why this should be done. It is the right thing to do. But it is going to … Continue reading

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Whores and harems: Sexual Politics and the Book of Esther‏

Like most Jewish feminists, I remember that time of coming of age when I stopped begging to dress up as queen Esther for Purim and started to cheer for Vashti and her independence. I thought that was a simple and sufficiently … Continue reading

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Stay Away From the R.C.A.- (to the tune of Y.M.C.A. by the Village People)

For some reason my funny posts usually  get more attention than my serious ones. Since people liked it so much here is: Stay Away From the R.C.A.- (to the tune of Y.M.C.A. by the Village People) Stay away from the R.C.A. … Continue reading

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Recon Rabbis and non-Jewish spouses

I have been mulling over this the issue of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College  accepting rabbis with non-Jewish spouses for  a year and have many long discussions with friends and family (some Reconstructionists,  some rabbis, some both and some neither) and I am still … Continue reading

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Religious rights don’t justify discrimination

My Canadian Take on the “Can’t sit next to Women on a Plane” Issue. From the Toronto Star   What has been a recurring problem in the U.S. has now reached Canada. In the U.S. Orthodox Jewish men have caused … Continue reading

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It’s not about the extra mitzvot: Mansplaining the Morning Blessings

In Orthodox prayerbooks, a traditional daily morning blessing specifically thanks God for “not making me woman.” It is a part of a trio of prayers expressing gratitude for what we are not. The other two members of the trio are thanking … Continue reading

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The Othering of Tzedaka in Jewish Education

PENNY IN THE PUSHKA Penny in the pushka, Penny in the pot, We give tzedakah right before Shabbat. Counting all the pennies, nickels, quarters, too It’s fun to help each other, It’s what we ought to do. One for the … Continue reading

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