The Jewish Woman

CHANA The Grace of Woman
CHANA The Grace of Woman

Hashem gave woman a beautiful gift. He gave her three very special mitzvoth characterized by the acronym CHANA – Challah, Nidah and Hadlakat Neirot. Rearrange the letters and the word forms HACHEN– meaning grace, a state achieved by the woman who takes upon herself the performance of these three beautiful and crucial mitzvoth.

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Modesty
Modesty

A staple of Jewish life is modesty. In the way we walk down the street, in the way we interact with others, and in the way we dress.

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Are Men and Women Equal?
Are Men and Women Equal?

I have often heard it said that Judaism believes that women are more spiritual than men. This is supposed to explain why men have more religious obligations than women - men need these things to become closer to G-d, women are there already. But do we really believe that?

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Mama
Mama

Mama, she tests the word gingerly on her lips, Touches her tummy tenderly, with her fingertips. As she feels that first flutter just beneath her heart,

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Sacrificial Lamb Anyone?
Sacrificial Lamb Anyone?

"Sacrifice" is not a word one hears very often these days. It seems to pretty much have fallen out of our lexicon. It has a negative ring to it, like giving up something precious or losing out on something big. Nobody is getting in line to be the "sacrificial lamb." It simply has a bad vibe to the modern ear.

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Ladies First
Ladies First

Even in this day and age, most women graciously accept the traditional "ladies first" rule, whether it's getting off a sinking ship or going through a ballroom doorway. 

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Meaning Of Hair Covering
Meaning Of Hair Covering

I heard an anthropologist talking about shaitels (wigs). He said how ironic it is that observant Jewish women wear wigs. In biblical Judaism, the rule was that married women should cover their hair in order to be modest and unattractive.

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