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Haredi Women

When President Joe Biden learned that Chief of Staff to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was mother to twelve, he bowed to her. Now, Ravitz balances a role in politics with the traditional scope of women’s roles in her community. While she hopes to be one of the first Haredi women […]
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Alexandra Friedman is not a typical Monsey Hasidic mother of ten children, but she is one of a few who can now be proud to be called “Doctor.” With children ranging between 8-months-old and 21-years-old, she and her husband have collaborated on how to support her in her journey to […]
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Last week, I answered a question about the difference between Chasidim and Orthodox Jews. Around the same time as I received that question, I was forwarded an email with a lot of questions on that very topic. I had hoped to consolidate both emails into a single Q&A but it […]
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Judge Ruchie Freier has made incredible efforts to help Orthodox Jewish women in Brooklyn to train and work as EMTs, and her volunteer ambulance service Ezras Nashim has created a new perception of women’s professional role in the community. For decades, volunteer ambulance group Hatzalah has led the efforts to […]
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With the goal of driving up empowerment and self-worth for girls and women, Hawaii-born Rachel Factor has created a Jerusalem-based program for dance. The former Rockette and Broadway performer has spoken at seminaries and colleges around the world about her journey to Judaism. After making aliyah to Israel, Factor began […]
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NYPD Stepping Up Presence in Brooklyn After a Series of Possible Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes This Week The New York Police Department will increase its presence in several Brooklyn neighborhoods after at least eight possible anti-Semitic incidents this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Friday morning. More police will be seen […]
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While Hasidic Jews might enjoy some alcohol with their rebbe at a Friday night tish, said alcohol would never have been produced by a female descendant of a prominent Hasidic rabbinic dynasty. Until now. Gitty Halberstam isn’t what you picture when a Hasidic woman or bootlegger comes to mind. But […]
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Orthodox Jews Sick of Being ‘Photographed Like Animals’ by Tourists Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents are fed up with tourists who swarm their insular neighborhoods by the busload — all to gawk at their clothing and customs. “People snap pictures of you like you’re on some sort of display — like […]
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How a Devout Muslim is Keeping the Only Kosher Restaurant in the Hamptons Alive When the Beach Bakery and Grand Cafe went up for sale last year, locals were worried they’d lose the only kosher restaurant in the Hamptons. But the eatery found its savior: Rashid Sulehri, a devout Muslim, […]
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Herman Wouk, Legendary Author Who Brought Judaism Into the Mainstream, Dies at 103 Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the American mainstream, died Friday. He was the author of two dozen novels and works of nonfiction, […]
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