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Apply for a Blog Oct 18, 2019, 1:39 AM Featured Post Rescue the balabusta: Anti-Slavery Day 2019 Was Bertha Pappenheim never recognized for her crusade on behalf of prostitutes because she presented a threat, as a 'carefree’ single woman? Sep 27, 2019, 11:37 AM Featured Post Tootsie and me: The enigma of older Jewish women Being 'of a certain age' can turn us invisible, but getting older can also liberate us to excel in traditional and new roles Aug 16, 2019, 1:25 PM Featured Post In praise of matchmakers, on the festival of love Tu B'Av was once a day of courting on the basis of spiritual integrity, not beauty or clothing or material goods. My, how things have changed Jul 15, 2019, 12:52 AM Happy Birthday, Sarah Schenirer I’ve made a cake for Sarah Schenirer’s birthday. Just a simple one. She would have been 136 years old today. And I shall drink a l’chaim in her honour. The self-effacing type, she would have blushed at the thought... Jun 7, 2019, 11:45 AM Why should I change my surname? A Shavuot passport He held the photo page of my passport next to my husband’s passport. His eyes darted between the two passports at least six times. Tell me, what is your relationship? We are married Please wait a moment.  And he took our passports... May 17, 2019, 2:00 PM Featured Post Underachievement and the Talmud: A corrective Talmud education for Orthodox women and girls has disrupted a system that long kept knowledge and decision-making in the hands of men Apr 15, 2019, 11:27 PM Frum-Shaming and the Important Women of Pesach There is a group of religious women I see at the gym at 6.30 am every day, except of course, on Shabbat. Derobed of sheitels and heels, we are all slightly more vulnerable whether our bodies are taut... Jan 23, 2019, 7:51 AM When I Met the Family Who Rescued My Mother It was my own Schindler’s List moment -- no one who has seen the movie can forget the final scene where those saved by Schindler and their descendants walk past his grave, pause and gently lay a stone.  My... Jul 12, 2018, 10:53 AM An Irrelevant Anglo-Jewry I saw my friend in the queue to board a flight from London to Tel Aviv. She was chatting to her friend, and after the benign introductory chit-chat, I realised that between us, we had 14 adult children, 11... Mar 26, 2018, 8:09 AM Four barmitzvahs and a funeral In a large marquee at a private home in the heart of London’s haredi  Golders Green, the youngest of nine children is preening himself and surveying the sushi bar and desert tables being set up.  It’s Thursday evening and... Load more About Me Sally Berkovic is the author Under My Hat, now available on A mix of memoir, sociology, history, and acute observations focusing on Orthodoxy and feminism, this 2019 edition includes a new, 75-page introductory essay reviewing the extraordinary changes in Orthodox women’s lives since the book was first published in 1997. Her writings are on her site