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Prime Ribs: No Women on Main Street; Is Birth Control 'Preventive'?

By Gabrielle Birkner

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In the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim, attempts to ban women from the main street during Sukkot has prompted protests.


The “lactivist” community is calling for a boycott of Old Navy because the retailer is selling “Formula Powered” onesies. As Deborah Kolben points out on Kveller, Jewish tradition “recognizes that breastfeeding is both a burden and a blessing.”


Beginning this week, federal regulations require health insurance companies to provide free preventive health services — but those preventive services do not include free birth control, at least not yet.


Chaim Levinson speaks with Atara Kenigsberg about her campaign to get a woman — maybe herself — appointed director general of Israel’s rabbinical courts.


Levirate marriage no longer common practice. But in Israel halitza ceremonies, in which the brother of a deceased man relinquishes the right to his widow, are still required. Women’s eNews looks at the custom that one widow called “humiliating.”


Haaretz revisits “The Yiddish Housewives’ Cookbook” — published in Vilna, back in 1896. Warning: Some of the recipes call for a pastry chef.


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