"Orthodox Jewish Women & Tefillin: Q&A with the Rabbi" | Or, "Why We Need #OrthodoxFeminism"
I get “Q&A with the Rabbi” emails from a Seminary I attended in Israel. Essentially, girls anonymously ask questions and the Rabbi will answer them (usually in point form). His answer to this particular question REALLY bugged me.
I just saw an article that there is a modern Orthodox girls’ high school that allows the girls to don Tefillin. Is that allowed by Halacha, Jewish law? Is it that women want to be men? I really can’t understand this! Why is it so important for women to do what men do?
1. It is not allowed in Halacha except in very rare exceptions of very great and holy women, that do not exist in our generation.
2. Feminism stems from:
a. The idea that the grass is always greener on the other side.
b. The feeling that men are greater than women!
c. The wish to escape from the attitude of the secular, modern world (with all their ideas of equality) that women are objects.
And that is why we need #OrthodoxFeminism, folks.
My brother disappeared over the weekend. I’d gone down to see him and my mom. We were watching a movie at around 10:30pm, when he stood up and went to the kitchen. He then presumably walked out.
I went to see where he was after about 20 minutes. When I couldn’t find him, I assumed/hoped he’d gone out for a cigarette and a walk.
We went out to search for him and hour or so later, and phoned the police about 3 hours after that. We’ve done everything we can since then, including posting flyers and searching everywhere. It’s been 36 hours now. The temperature has been around 0° C both evenings and it’s been raining as of last night.
If you know anyone in south England - especially in Hants/Hampshire - I’d really appreciate if you could point them toward this post, ask them to take a quick glance at the picture and keep it in mind when travelling over the next few days. We believe he’s been off his anti-psychotics medication for around 5 days. He’s not violent at all, nor a hazard to anyone but himself. He will probably be confused, with some periods of lucidity. If found, please immediately contact the Hampshire police on the non-emergency number 101, referencing case #200 from 16th February 2014.
The shitty thing about long distance relationships is the long distance. It’s not actually SO bad (thanks to skype), but it would help to see the man-friend more than a few times a year. So, because I’m on a student budget, I’m reaching out to y’all. PLEASE could you use this link to enter a contest to help me win a free roundtrip flight to Israel?
You don’t need facebook to enter - you can simply use your email. It would be very, VERY much appreciated! Contest link: http://tinyurl.com/obgfqtj
Thank you Thank you!!
Why I Need Orthodox Feminism
text: I need feminism because I was told (by a frum female) that feminism is extremist… all while compiling submissions for my zine - a zine created in hopes of breaking down the barriers of communication between orthodox Jewish women + secular woman
I don’t identify as Orthodox, but I do strongly identify as a feminist Jewish woman with strong ties in the Orthodox community. I believe that there is a major void in the orthodox Jewish and secular female communities, created by a lack of dialogue between the two groups.
My first issue of Lilith Magazine just came in the mail! independent, jewish & frankly feminist @lilithmagazine