Barbra Streisand says Vote Obama

Babs showing Lena Dunham how you talk up a great man, without innuendo.

She emphasized women’s rights in her message, saying Obama “has taken our country forward by expanding women’s rights and fighting for social and economic justice,” whereas “Governor Romney would take us backwards and is as extreme as it gets when it comes to a woman’s right to choose.”

The Jerusalem Post

Might be churlish to mention what the Hebrew Scriptures had to say about women’s rights:

Unmarried women were not allowed to leave the home of their father without permission.

Married women were not allowed to leave the home of their husband, without permission.

They were normally restricted to roles of little or no authority.

They could not testify in court.

They could not appear in public venues.

They were not allowed to talk to strangers.

They had to be doubly veiled when they left their homes. (Source)

Then rape: Deuteronomy 22:28,29 if an unattached virgin woman is seen being raped than she will marry her attacker who must pay 50 shekels of silver to his new father in law to sweeten the deal. He cannot divorce her at all. This is his punishment for life, for violating her.

Though of course that has nothing to do with western mainstream Jewish thinking now in these enlightened times. For example Secular Judaism:

Some few Jews are ideologically secular. They may be atheists who do not believe in the existence of a god. Or they may be agnostics, unsure of whether or not God exists. Among religions, Judaism is somewhat unique in that it makes room for both atheists and agnostics to remain Jewish. It is often pointed out that there is no positive commandment in the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) requiring a Jew to believe in God. When it comes to belief, the Torah commands that Jews adhere to the laws of the covenant, which means that idolatry (the belief in many gods) is forbidden. But a person can theoretically live an exemplary Jewish life without a belief in God.

Cherry picking our way, as Lena might say, to modernity away from ancient misogynists.


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