Fighting for a Better Judaism: Jewish Activism with Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll



In this episode...

Karen sits down with Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll, a writer and activist committed to taking a clear-eyed look at where things are going wrong in the Jewish world in 2022 – and how we can fix them.

Shoshanna discusses her work to advance the rights of Jewish women in the Orthodox community and shares some much-needed advice on how we can come together as a unified Jewish people (even when we disagree!). This is such an important conversation about Jewish activism, filled with so much wisdom about how to stop being a bystander and make change happen – in your own community and beyond.

You’ll find out:

  • Why we need to stop judging each other as Jews
  • The importance of differentiating between what people do and what G-d says
  • The dangers of increasing polarization in the Jewish world
  • How Shoshanna’s fighting against the erasure of women by Jewish extremists 
  • Why being holy doesn’t mean being hidden
  • Why we always need to remember that rabbis are human beings too 
  • The importance of being the bigger mensch 
  • Why every Jew should feel empowered to own their own Judaism
  • The damage caused when people forget that Judaism is all about the middle ground
  • Why the worst thing in the world is a bystander
  • Shoshanna’s strategy for talking about Israel

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Episode Guests...

Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll

Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll was born and raised in Lakewood, New Jersey, and now lives in Israel with her family. She writes for numerous Israeli and Jewish publications, speaks internationally and is co-founder of Chochmat Nashim, raising the voices of Orthodox women and fighting our erasure.

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