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Jewess » Roundup: Feisty Jewish Women?

Roundup: Feisty Jewish Women?


by Rebecca Honig Friedman

Some items worthy of more attention that I can give them right now:

Israeli Orthodox Feminists confer on what to call female “rabbis.” The Religious Women’s Forum Kolech held a conference a few weeks ago in which they asked attendees to vote on the appropriate title for an Orthodox female rabbi. The verdict: Rabba. Kolech intends “to discuss making the word official with the Academy of the Hebrew Language.”

“Feisty Jewish Grandmother” chosen for New Jersey political position. “Governor Jon Corzine’s pick of Loretta Weinberg, a self-described ‘feisty Jewish grandmother,’ for lieutenant governor marks the first time a Jewish woman is running for state-wide office in New Jersey.” Interesting news, though one wonders if ‘boring and predictable’ might be more attractive adjectives than ‘feisty’ to New Jersey’s voters right now. [JTA’s “Capital J”]

Orthodox woman fraudster uses religious observance to get out of wearing ankle bracelet. Dina Wein Reis, the woman who defrauded companies out of millions of dollars worth of products by pretending she was a publicist — she bought products at a big discount claiming she would promote them heavily and then sold them for profit — will not have to wear an ankle bracelet monitor, because, due to religious observance, she only wears skirts: “Summer was coming, Wein Reis’s lawyer noted, and any skirt or dress shorter than ankle length would reveal the bracelet, which would complicate her efforts to get a new job. The judge agreed.” [CNN.com]
If she could convince a judge of that, it’s no wonder she managed to repeatedly dupe so many marketing executives.
I believe this is what one calls a shonde.

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