If you don't know who Rachel Freier is, you should. She's the first Hasidic woman elected to public office in the U.S. ever. Isn't that crazy to think about? In November, Freier won a contested…primary for a civil court judgeship in Brooklyn's 5th Judicial District. This week, she finally took her seat on the bench as a civil court judge--which is why Gothamist recently interviewed her about her unusual journey to becoming a judge--and the role of women in Jewish life. Besides being an attorney and judge, she's also… >> Read More
"The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield." --Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her dissent of "Burwell v. Hobby Lobby."
Today, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that says the…government can’t require certain employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control and emergency contraception that conflict with their religious beliefs. The case centers around Hobby Lobby, a self-proclaimed Christian corporation and chain of craft stores, and their refusal to cover birth control for their employees. These Supreme Court cases can be tricky to fully… >> Read More
When I was a kid, we were told to look up to police officers, respect them, consider them our friends and protectors and, if we were ever lost, to find one. Still, I think many of us were actually…afraid of them. When I got to college, police officers were “pigs,” emblems of a corrupt establishment. These days, the whole thing seems more complicated. >> Read More
As I enter my final few weeks of pregnancy, I sometimes worry about ordering a cup of coffee. Too often, the barista responds, "Decaf?" or a stranger within earshot wonders aloud whether I'm…"allowed" to drink that. It's not just coffee. When I was pregnant with my daughter, a waitress balked at my husband and my order of labneh, and a co-worker expressed shock that I was eating sushi (never mind that I'm vegetarian, and the sushi in question involved avocados and cucumbers). >> Read More