The Torch explores gender and religion in the Jewish community. Named for Deborah the Prophetess, "the woman of torches," the blog highlights the passion and fiery leadership of Jewish feminists, while evoking the powerful image of feminists "passing the torch" to a new generation.
The Torch features the insights and personal reflections of women and men seeking to create a more gender-equitable Jewish world. We are always looking for contributors and no previous blogging experience is necessary! The best types of posts are personal narratives and especially opinionated pieces. It's even better when one or both of those are responses to current events and discussions.
If you want to write for us but don't know quite where to start, here are some questions to think about:
- Do you or your community have any innovative rituals or practices that support gender-equity?
- Did you just get back from a year in Israel? Just finished your first year of college? What are your reflections on seminary/yeshiva?
- JOFA stands for Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. How do you relate to the O and F? How do you think they are related to one another?
- What constructive criticism do you want to give to Orthodoxy? Where do you see our community getting it right? Do you have any next steps to suggest?
- What does JOFA mean to you?
What themes and questions is JOFA thinking about this summer?
- Tisha B’Av: How do feminists engage with the whore and anti-woman imagery in Megillat Eicha
- Kol Isha
- Dress code/tzniut/body image while dressing for summer weather
- How are religious norms and expectations at home different from religious norms at summer camps and yeshiva programs that you/your children/your friends/your family attend?
The Torch is also a member of the MyJewishLearning blog network. Together with our sister blogs, we will be exploring different themes throughout the year. If you would like to write about one of these themes, here are the topics and dates for the next two months.
- Weeks of July 14th and 21st - The Three weeks
- Weeks of August 17th and 24th - Jewish Education
- Weeks of September 8th and September 15th - Rosh Hashanah
- Week of September 28th -Yom Kippur
- Weeks of October 5th and 13th - Sukkot and Simchat Torah
Send questions and submissions to email@example.com. Not sure what to write? Send us your idea to find out if you're on the right track. Blog posts should be 500-750 words. Please include a short bio and picture of yourself along with your submission. We will let you know if and when we'd like to publish your post. Thank you!
The Torch is generously supported by Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin foundation.