Supergirl: Orthodox Jewish Powerlifter Film Screens at Slamdance

As the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals gets underway in Park City, Utah, the world’s spotlight is turned to independent narrative films and documentaries. The Orthodox Jewish subject of filmmaker Jessie Auritt’s “Supergirl” will premiere at Slamdance this Saturday. Auritt made her debut as a feature film director and editor in her documentary, which features […]

Why Do Jewish Men Wear Yarmulkes (Kippahs)?

Dear Jew in the City, When and why did Jewish boys and men start wearing yarmulkes, and are there any circumstances when a yarmulke need not be worn? M.L. Dear M.L., The practice of wearing a yarmulke (kippah in Hebrew) is an ancient tradition that has its roots as a “middas chasiddus” (an act of piety) before […]

Teaching My Orthodox Jewish Sons To Respect Women

A few years ago, when my son (then 5) and my daughter (then 8) were playing “mitzvah pirates” – a game they invented where they sailed the seven seas in order to help people  –  my son took one look at my daughter and told her, “Girls can’t be pirates.” (In his world of “pirates,” […]

Why Is Everyone Freaking Out About ‘Last Tango in Paris’?

In the last week, a movie from the 1970’s, “Last Tango in Paris,” has been all over the news. It’s a movie I had never heard of, nor one that I would ever watch now that I have heard of it. But the topic is trending because an old interview from its director, Bernardo Bertolucci, […]

Modesty is Trending and Other Orthodox Jews in the News

  Obama Should Pardon This Iowa Kosher Food Executive Two U.S. Attorneys make the case for why Sholom Rubashkin should be pardoned before President Obama’s term comes to a close next month. Rubashkin has served more than seven years of his life sentence which was commuted to 25 years.   How an Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Director […]

How Do You Stay Warm (And Stylish) In A Skirt During Winter?

As the temperature drops, many people wonder how Orthodox Jewish women, who wear only skirts, stay warm. While dressing modestly up top may be easier in the winter, making sure your legs are warm while covering up in a trendy way can seem challenging. There are readily-accessible solutions so you don’t have to compromise on warmth […]

Jewish Comic Con and Other Orthodox Jews in the News

  Sarah Hofstetter: The Orthodox Marketing CEO With a Heart of Gold Sarah Hofstetter balances being CEO of a top ad agency with clients like Coca Cola with being an observant wife and mother. She combines her love of chesed with her know-how by providing fundraising education to non-profits and tzedakas.   Ultra-Orthodox Filmmaker Takes […]

Orthodox Jews in the News Weekly Roundup 11/11/16

Jewish Runner Balances Religion and Competition: Porter-Gaud Cross Country Champion Finds Way to Compete on the Sabbath Judah Ellison is a rising star in Cross Country running, but his Shabbos observance always comes first. His father Morris is his biggest champion, even when Shabbos dinner means just the two of them with a cooler full […]

Orthodox Jews in the News Weekly Round Up 11/4/16

A Brooklyn Trailblazer Becomes America’s First Female Hasidic Judge Ruchie Frier made her way through law school and an impressive legal career while raising a traditional family. Now she will decide cases for New York City as she cherishes the support of her family and community. Meet Seven Orthodox Comics Who Are Making Comedy Kosher […]

“Your Desire Will Be For Your Husband, And He Will Rule Over You”

“Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16). As an Orthodox Jewish woman, the first time I saw this verse in the Torah, where Eve is cursed with her husband ruling over her (as a result of having eaten from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil), […]

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