In the past, women were only serving in positions of spiritual leadership alongside male rabbis in Orthodox synagogues in Israel. Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis was appointed as the sole spiritual leader and halachic authority at the Shirat Tamar Synagogue in Efrat. Rabbanit Shira has made history as she is the first woman ever appointed to […]
Writing in the Huffington Post, weight loss blogger Jan Shepherd discusses the challenges of living in Los Angeles where physical beauty is such a high premium and encourages people to look inward and focus on important lessons, including: Learning there is nothing wrong with you if you are not a classic physical beauty and understanding that your body is not an enemy, it is a friend.
“As one who has overcome an eating disorder, I have had to recognize that I was so much more than a body,” she writes. “I had to find my connection to something from deep within if I was going to flourish. As long as I continued to look outside for self-validation and therefore meaning, not only was I at the mercy of others, the fickleness of taste and changing tide of trends, but also without a compass by which to steer.”