Author: Elana Sztokman

Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman is a gender writer, educator and consultant. Her book, The Men’s Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World, was published by the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, UPNE, in 2011.
Voyeurism and the Yeshiva Girl

All girls at Orthodox schools whose knees, chests and elbows are glared at by staff to determine whether their clothes are too “immodest” are victims of voyeurism.

More Women Making Decisions in Israel

Last month, the Israeli government announced that it is establishing a team to formulate a working plan to advance UN Resolution 1325 in Israel—the resolution that calls for women’s equal inclusion in all aspects of decision-making, especially around issues of peace and security.

My Political Evolution

That’s what feminism has taught me – to look beyond the official story and ask about how large political decisions affect people’s real lives.

Not Your Typical Story, Not Your Typical Cover Girl

It’s a thrill to see an image of yourself on the cover on New Republic. Well, it wasn’t literally me on the front cover, but it was an image of Orthodox Jewish women with a headline about Orthodox Jewish women, so it might as well have been.

My Daughter, The Soldier

I suddenly felt the presence of Jewish women throughout the ages who dared to defy social expectations by being strong, outspoken, independent and physical. I was filled with gratitude for all those brave women – and men – who gave their lives over the past 150 years so that Jews would have the opportunity to simply stand unimpeded in this space. I watched these young women and felt like they embodied that spirit