Maariv interviews Rabbanit Keren and some veiled women

In this Hebrew article from Maariv, Neshot Hare’alah (Women of the Veil), Sherry Makover-Balikov interviews Rabbanit Bruria Keren and some of her followers.

Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII

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Makover-Balikov attends the weekly talk of the Rabbanit, who heads a growing movement of women who wear capes and cover their faces with opaque veils.

I knocked on her door to attend her weekly talk. The living room was empty and on the side stood a big pile of clothes:

Ten thick skirts, seven long capes, six scarves tied in front of the head and three more in the back. And over all a shawl– several thin veils, falling from the top of her head to her ankles, fluttering over a face covered by a crocheted cloth veil. Inside this pile sat the Rabbanit, bent by her load of wrappings, reading chapters of prayers.

Stay tuned for English summaries of sections of this very long article.

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  1. mominisrael says

    I have no idea what she’s talking about. The hafrashat hallah is dough, not liquid, and there isn’t any water leftover. Any water added to the flour immediately becomes dough.

  2. If she’s talking about Hafrashat CHallah, isn’t it actually Assur to use the challah taken in any way?

  3. If the original writer doesn’t know much halacha, the hafrashat challah reference may be a mistake. It’s also unhealthy to eat raw challah/yeast dough.
    This is a “compulsive” syndrome, related to anorexia, I’d guess. I think that Tamar as a reference is hysterically funny. The woman seduced her father-in-law when he didn’t marry her off to his 3rd son.

  4. balabusta in blue jeans says

    You know, I find that when people praise holy women, in Tanach, in history, and in their own lives, they tend to say “she was brave, she was generous, she was wise, she was compassionate, she was organized”. Never once have I heard “she wore more clothes than anyone else”.

  5. Good point
    It’s the deeds that last, not the scarves.

  6. “Hare’alah” – sounds like “poison” (har’alah).