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Ruth the Feminist

Our own Barbara Rushkoff, interviewed at YNet News:
“I love to tell the story of Ruth, because I think she is a righteous, cool woman who was not only the first convert but also the first feminist. I love that a non-Jewish woman redeemed land for the Jews, how she wanted to become a full fledged Jew and how she embraced the whole “a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do” philosphy – how cool is that?”

13 thoughts on “Ruth the Feminist

  1. Is Jewschool going to attempt to ignore the abysmal left-wing protest in Tel Aviv this Saturday night?
    So many on this site go on and on about the widespread support for the withdrawal from Gaza. Well, on a Saturday night – with the recent blocking of a major highway still upsetting fresh in Tel-Avivian’s minds – the left could barely scrape up 10,000 people.
    This is less than the number of active-duty soldiers that have signed petitions indicating that they would not serve in the withdrawal – at considerable risk of imprisonment and prosecution.
    PATHETIC.
    The right/pro-settler protests have regularly drawn 200,000 people to Tel Aviv on weekday evenings – and last Independence Day, over 1/4 million Israelis got in their cars and headed to Gaza to show solidarity.
    So WHO has widespread support?
    There’s a reason the settlers are willing to abide by a referendum – and why the lefties who crow about democracy are scared shitless by the prospect.

  2. I have also read that these protesters aren’t planning on necessarily being peaceful, and have hinted towards using other means.. and many Govt officials support this…

  3. Wake up! Not all Israelis who support disengagement are going to ally themselves with the uber-left. This disengagement supporter would rather eat nails than stand side by side with folks from Peace Now and Gush Shalom.

  4. It’s amazing that no one has posted anything regarding this woman’s banal observation of the character of Ruth. If anything, the story of Ruth is tragic. Has this woman read the Book of Ruth? In the end, Ruth is saved by marrying Boaz and, her child is taken away from her. Some “righteous, cool woman”. Not to dis Ruth, but people like Rushkoff should get a clue.

  5. i do have a clue. i read the Book of Ruth and was shocked at what she had to do to save the land for her mother in law. in tthose times, IMHO, that was righteous and cool. maybe in your book it’s not, but in mine, it is. don’t buy it then. all the bible stories are in fact being righteous — in that time. that’s the way it was, then.
    frankly i’m really tired of jews dissing other jews and their endeavors. you don’t like my take on the story of ruth? that’s cool. but why sling the hash? that is so un-jewish. having a sense of humor helps too….

  6. word barbara. i was just interviewed by the jerusalem report for an article they’re doing on jblogs. when they asked me what sets jblogs apart from regular blogs my immediate response was the quickness of visitors to jewish blogs to revert to insults and anger when confronted with positions they don’t like. mmm… ahavat yisrael. some people wouldn’t know it if it bit ’em on the ass.

  7. yep, dan. why is it that every other group embraces their own and jews pick apart each other? it’s why i’ve decided to stop writing jewish content books. some people get it (the ones with a sense of humor) but the other people who don’t like it feel the need to pick me apart personally. it makes me sad. but it doesn’t matter – i don’t need to do a “jewish” book per se. i *am* jewish and that viewpoint will always be there.
    sigh.

  8. “frankly i’m really tired of jews dissing other jews and their endeavors. ”
    “but why sling the hash? that is so un-jewish. ”
    Uh-huh. But I look at the website called “Open Source Judaism Project” and what do I see, right at the top? An article accusing a segment of the Jewish population of not only being wrong, not only of misunderstanding Judaism, but of effectively engaging in idolatry, one of Judaism’s most serious offenses. I guess the problem is not dissing and hash-slinging per se but rather WHO gets dissed.
    “when they asked me what sets jblogs apart from regular blogs my immediate response was the quickness of visitors to jewish blogs to revert to insults and anger when confronted with positions they don’t like.”
    Yeah, I’ve seen all the other blogs out there. Each is a model of decorum and mutual respect. Please. Maybe Ahavat Yisrael should start with not singling out Jews for offenses committed by everyone.
    “yep, dan. why is it that every other group embraces their own and jews pick apart each other?”
    Oh, those terrible Jews. Everyone else gets along with their own just fine. Like the ethnic Indians of India and Pakistan. The black Hutus and Tutsis. The Arabs. Here’s a clue for you: In the case of pretty much every other group, when there’s even a fraction of the geographic separation or ideological difference that Jews have endured for the last 2,000 years, the group SPLITS APART. Then, being officially members of different groups, they often then proceed to kill each other. Jews, on the other hand, have remained one group, to their immense credit, despite huge internal differences and difficulties. And without much killing.
    “some people get it (the ones with a sense of humor) but the other people who don’t like it feel the need to pick me apart personally.”
    Maybe the above will give you some insight as to why those “other people” do that.
    You guys are amazing. You love to provoke and challenge others, but when the others respond in kind, your skins are incredibly thin.

  9. I recommend Jewish Holiday Fun.. for you! Rushkoff’s Purim schpiel will have you in stitches. Where else are you going to find out how “ESTHER and the KING boogie for hours. They are still dancing well into the next morning and are both feling the love connection.”, or the end where ASHASVERUS accuses HAMAN, “You ain’t my boy. I heard what you were trying to throw down. I’m gonna kick you to the curb like a readheaded stepchild.”
    Rushkoff has a chapter for every holiday, the Shavout Paper Dolls are my favorite. The pop art cover makes the book great for Jewish household feung shui display.

  10. I think I get your point about humour and what not. I don’t belive she was a feminist but I can see where you might get that idea from.

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