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  • Female Orthodox scholars helping women talk about sex

    The emergence of yoatzot halachah — women scholars serving as authorities in Jewish law — marks something of a quiet revolution in an Orthodox world dominated by male authorities. It also is enabling women to ask the questions they have about one of the most important areas of Jewish law: sex. More ▸

  • Sex sells Israel part II: The ‘come to Israel’ condom

    We noted last week that the Jewish Agency was trying to promote one of its programs last week with a series of racy ads. We noted last winter that Israel’s Ministry of Tourism was using sex to sell Israel as a destination spot. And we joked a few months ago that Birthright NEXT, which was… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency ad camapign gets MASA-smutty

    The Jewish Agency for Israel seems to have finally picked up on what Israel’s tourism ministry discovered a few years back — sex sells. Israel previously tried to spur tourism to the Holy Land with a series of racy ads featuring hot Israeli women on the beach, and by pushing forward such classic photo spreads… More ▸

  • Rescued by an Israeli soldier

    Glynis Ann Ritchie has a touching essay in The New York Times’ style section about how she, a starry-eyed American Jewish girl, fell for a hunky Israeli soldier on a Birthright Israel trip. Though the Israeli turns out to be part of the parade of callous men that Ritchie says “opened up my chest, scooped… More ▸

  • Jew vs. Jew in debate over sex-change operations for children

    The Boston Globe’s report Q & A on with a doctor, Norman Spack, who offers sex-change operations to children struggling with “cross-gender feelings,” takes a Jewish turn. In the interview, Spack discussed how his Jewish faith informs his work. His response: “My own rabbi said it best: The transgendered are also created b’tzelem Elohim, in… More ▸

  • Where Haredi women go to look good and keep it modest

    Ha’aretz peeks behind the curtain of a beauty salon where Haredi women come to indulge (modestly) in a guilty pleasure: The Ye’elat Chen beauty salon, managed by Larrie, has been operating for 24 years in Jerusalem, not far from Mea Shearim and Kikar Shabbat. The side entrance on the main street is suited to women… More ▸

  • Women in uniform

    The Israel Policy Forum has published an article heralding the recent arrival in Washington of a delegation of security experts consisting of three Palestinian women (Amal Jadou, Enas Nazzal, and Haitham Arar) and three Israeli women (Israela Oron, Eynat Gepner-Goldstein, and Etty Yevnin). An all-female joint delegation consisting of an Israeli general and two colonels… More ▸