Category Archives: Fathers and Daughters

Beit Shemesh: The Sun Also Rises

Before most of us ever heard of the small town of Beit Shemesh, Miri Shalem the orthodox mother of four children and a long-time resident was directing the town’s JCC. Under her auspices, Haredi women have been exchanging views with … Continue reading

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A Festering Impulse

In her bold article in the Jewish Week (Jan 3) Dr. Gail Bendheim decries the recent events in Beit Shemesh and calls for “examining carefully and courageously what it is about our religious life that has led to such a … Continue reading

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No Accidental Emission

   Part One: The ultra orthodox establishment in Israel is reportedly losing sleep over women’s demands for equality. While the conflict has serious socio-political implications for national survival, I find myself haunted by one detail of the ultra-orthodox men’s recent … Continue reading

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Bruriah, Part II

All Her Life Bruriah rose above what she knew of men- even or especially the learned sages who populated her world. She knew of their pitiful inability to get comfortable in the presence of a woman who was at the … Continue reading

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A Bond and A Wound

  In the Jewish tradition, it is always women who take bold action to insure the birth of the Messiah. Brava for proactive women. But there is something these biblical women have in common which is troubling, to say the … Continue reading

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A Confrontational Face

When we are first introduced to Miriam in the Bible, the times are bleak. The Egyptian Pharaoh has decreed that all baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves be immediately put to death. This is an edict or gezera to … Continue reading

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What To Do

I know what it is to cower in fear against abusive verbal rants that in the case of my manic-depressive father could spew volcanic for cataclysmic days on end. Screams from the depth of his inchoate hell reach a soul-ripping … Continue reading

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