My friends, my husband and many others joined Rabbi Avi Weiss protesting against Ahmadinejad speaking at the United Nations. See the video for more information.
Growing up, I thought obsessing about hair was a “Dominican thing.” Later, I found out it was also a “black thing.” And after converting to Judaism, I realized it was also a “Jewish thing.” I can remember back to a time when I looked forward to covering my hair. It was exciting. So much cooler… Continue reading The Rastafarian Beret & Other Adventures in Hair Covering
Are you Jewish? Can you prove it? ”Rabbinate refuses to marry Jewish couple over adoption suspicion” It won’t be just converts having to show their papers anymore. Do you have your certificate of Jewishness handy? Orthodox Women Rabbis? ”Between a rav and a hard place” Profile on Rabbi Avi Weiss wonders whether or not the rav has… Continue reading News of Note
Whether or not, you love it or hate it, The Jerusalem Post claims Judaism is getting in touch with its feminine side. You’ve heard my spiel before in previous posts about whether or not I would call myself a feminist, much less a Jewish feminist. And here is a redux. In short, I grew up… Continue reading The softer side of Judaism
You might have noticed that when you comment on my blog posts, it does not go into moderation. This is because, for the most part unless something is truly vile, I have let people share their thoughts, disagreeable or otherwise, on my blog. I read each and every comment though I do not, cannot, respond… Continue reading Commenting on my blog
How does the Associated Press even know I exist? This is a question I asked myself last Friday when I got an email from one of their writers asking me if I would mind being interviewed for a community profile on Riverdale. Of course, I said “yes” but I still assumed it was a joke… Continue reading Um, ‘kay?
In my email inbox today… “JOFA celebrates an historic moment for the Jewish people – the ordination of Sara Hurwitz as a full member of the Orthodox clergy followed by the establishment of a new school to ordain female rabbinic leaders. We are grateful to Rabbi Avi Weiss who has recognized the need to formally… Continue reading JOFA Celebrates New Orthodox Female Clergy
When Jewschool posted the information below recently on their blog, I thought they were kidding. Apparently, they weren’t. “I just got a huge announcement in a tiny email: We are pleased to announce the opening of Yeshivat Mahara”t, an Orthodox Yeshiva of Higher Learning, founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss of The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.… Continue reading Always the last to know…
Twittering before, during, after the wedding:Going to a wedding today. Separate seating for men and women. Sheitels and fancy hats will abound. Will try not to wear a sack. 9:40 AM Mar 22nd from web My father-and sister-in-law are in town for the wedding and passed out on our couches. Because I am not social… Continue reading What I hate about being an Orthodox Jew OR How My Rastafarian Beret Came to Represent Rabbi Avi Weiss, HIR and YCT
The Israeli rabbinate has been quiet on conversion lately and in its stead, the Interior Ministry has decided to make news. A recent article (“Fresh Rift Seen Over New Israeli Conversion Rules,” February 25, The Jewish Week-New York) says that stricter guidelines will be imposed for diaspora converts wishing to immigrate to Israel. Conversion must… Continue reading 350 Hours of Oppression