Though these topics strike a familiar chord within Christian women's blogosphere, these bloggers write from a different realm. They're Jewish.
Because of the grafted-in relationship Christians have with the Jewish people, there is often a familiar resonance between concerns expressed by some Jewish and Christian writers. Conservative and Orthodox Jewish bloggers, at times, wrestle with similar questions as evangelicals, coming at them from their own communities and faith contexts. They talk marriage and modesty, parenting and pop culture.
"There's something intimate about spilling one's guts to a friend. That's what is potentially immodest about a friendship between this married woman and any man other than my husband. Confession can be sexy, and dangerous," wrote Rabbi Rachel Miller Solomin on Tablet, debating cross-gender friendship just as we've done here on Her.meneutics.
"I have no desire to wear revealing clothes. I've been there. I've done that version of 'liberated.' It sucked for me. I chose a different path," said Chaya Kurtz, a member of Hasidic community. "I continue to dress modestly despite, even here in Crown Heights, every temptation and pressure in the world not to. There is immense societal pressure to look hot." The idea of regaining power and dignity through modesty comes up again and again in evangelical discussions of appropriate dress.
It is good to be reminded that we evangelicals do not have the corner on the struggle to make wise ...1
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