Thanks to the women in my life

Reflecting on International Women’s Day 2017, I realise I am biased in the way I expect women to behave. I expect them to be bold, courageous and stand up for their rights. I am baffled by women who accept harsh treatment from partners and bosses. I owe this view to the remarkable women in my […]

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Exile Never Felt So Good

  ‘Opinions are like arseholes: everybody’s got one’ – Albert Einstein Ok. Einstein probably never said that. In fact, it may have been my very own father who introduced me to this timeless aphorism. On the internet, no one knows your meme is misleading. The first time I saw the meme below, I guffawed:   […]

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People of the Book get writing

I was pretty dismissive of blogs as an art form until I became involved with Jewish Women of Words. I considered them puff pieces by bad writers who only wrote about themselves. Maybe I had read too many solipsistic Sunday magazine articles. But, one steamy New York summer morning, while sitting in a diner eavesdropping […]

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Mathilda Wise (left) at the Wall (Hadas Parush/Flash90) timesofisrael.com

Why do you care how I pray?

Today was the first day of a new month on the Jewish calendar. I attended an early morning service run by Women of the Wall at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem. I went to actively push for gender equality and freedom of religious expression that I believe is just. But also today the Kotel was inundated with protesters against Women of the Wall. […]

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