On this month’s episode of The Salon, co-host Rachel Sklar is nine months pregnant and our panel of experts (i.e. moms) has some parenting tips to share. Plus: ideas for liberation this Passover, gains made for ultra-Orthodox women in the Israeli elections, and brands and social issues.
This month’s guests are Dr. Esther Altmann, Director of Pastoral Counseling at Yeshivat Maharat; Andrea Salwen Kopel, Executive Director of National Council of Jewish Women’s New York Section; and Lenore Skenazy, host of the television series “World’s Worst Mom.”
We Were Slaves in Egypt, But How Free Are We Now?: Ideas for Liberation This Passover
With Passover upon us, it’s time to celebrate the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery in Egypt, but it’s also a good time to think about ways to liberate those among us who continue to be enslaved today, in different ways.
Israeli Elections and ultra-Orthodox Women
The Israeli elections in March didn’t bring a new prime minister but might they have heralded a new era for ultra-Orthodox women? This was the first time a party, the newly-formed U’Bezchutan [In Their Merit], devoted to representing the needs of haredi women sought seats in Knesset. They didn’t win any seat this time, but it could this be the beginning of a lasting movement?
Should Brands Stay Out of Social Issues?
In recent weeks, two controversies have emerged involving corporate brands and social issues. Starbucks announced the #RaceMatters campaign, in which Starbucks baristas were encouraged to start conversations about race with their customers. And designers Dolce & Gabbana started a media thunderstorm with comments made to Italian magazine Panorama asserting their belief in “traditional family” and calling children conceived via IVF “synthetic children.” Should brands and their ambassadors stay out of social issues?