The following was published by The Journal News as Commentary regarding “5 Jewish women talk about what it means to be Orthodox in Rockland,” a series of articles:
“What does it mean to be an Orthodox Jewish woman in Rockland? This is the question asked by the headline in the Journal News/lohud in a series of articles by reporter Rochel Leah Goldblatt.
The author presents Orthodox Rockland as a kind of Jewish Lake Wobegon, where all the women are modest, all the men are God-fearing, and the number of children is above average.
Is this objective reporting? Have we answered the question in the headline? Have we done justice to the lives lived by women who identify as Orthodox Jewish, or understood their complicated relationships with others in Rockland County? [Read more…]