These 6 Steps Will Help Your Makeup Last During Yom Tov

Because there is a prohibition to color on Shabbos and Yom Tov and not everyone uses Shabbos makeup, many women are left wondering, “How do I make my makeup last longer?” We spoke to Shaindy Kelman, biochemist, esthetician and founder of Shaindel Cosmetics, who said “The trick to having your makeup stay on is to apply it with a bit […]

How Do We Deal With Sexist Biblical Commentaries?

God is connected to everyone who reaches out to Him, as the Midrash (Eliyahu Rabbah, 9) teaches, “I call heaven and earth to witness that whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, slave or maidservant, everything is according to their actions that the divine spirit rests on them.” Every place the Torah and Talmud discuss holiness and […]

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,” […]

Who Is That Jewish Warrior Woman in the Chanukah Story?

Dear Jew in the City- I heard that there is some sort of female Jewish Warrior in the Chanukah story that I never learned about in Hebrew School. What’s this about? Sincerely, Female Fan   Dear Female Fan- Great question. Chanukah, as you may be aware, is not overt in Tanach (the Jewish Bible). There […]

How Can The Torah Be True Considering Sotah and Polygamy? Pt. 2

Is the Torah still relevant? Part II The following post contains excerpts of an email conversation between a Jew in the City reader and our Rabbinic Correspondent, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz. Due to the length, it has been broken into two parts. Part I here. Dear Jew in the City, Am I to view the troubling […]

How Can The Torah Let A Man Sell His Daughter into Slavery?

Dear Jew in the City, I heard that the Torah says that a woman must marry her rapist and that a father can sell his daughter into slavery? How can we possibly accept such horrible ideas in the modern world? Sincerely, Biblical Inequality   Dear Inequality, That’s a great question. It is true that not […]

Can Orthodox Women Be Rabbis?

People have asked me to write about this topic for quite some time, but I have always hesitated because I knew that the moment I put words onto the screen, I would get complaints from those to the right and to the left of me. It is the perpetual problem of a person who tries […]

The Get Story You Never Heard

*Author’s name has been changed to protect anonymity. When I finally came to terms with the fact that I was going to have to go through with a get (Jewish divorce), I did some research and quickly learned that there isn’t a lot of information out there apart from some awful films and some sites which […]

Why Did a Hasidic Newspaper Photoshop Women Out of a Pic?

Dear Jew in the City, I would like to know what your thoughts are on the recent articles about the newspaper Hamevaser’s photoshopping of female leaders out of the photo of the French Unity March in Paris the other day. By the way, I love your site and I’ve gained a lot of insight into […]

Why Don’t Women Read From the Torah in Orthodox Synagogues?

Hi Allison, I’m reform and don’t understand why Orthodox women don’t read Torah in temple. If you have not heard Torah sung by a woman you have only heard half of the Torah!! The most important thing is that Torah is READ by someone with a love for it. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. […]

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