Jewish Girls' Night Out

Riki Stein sheds the orthodoxy of her faith -- and her inhibitions -- when she goes out clubbing with her friends.

By Riki Stein
red shoes
Photograph: iStockphoto

I slip under the covers and remove his underwear, lick his thighs, his stomach. Eventually I help him fall asleep.

Love his confidence. Love that he lets me be independent. Love that we can give each other the occasional space for a night out with friends.

“Have a great day, shefele!” I smile at my 6-year-old the next morning as he leaves with my husband. My 4-year-old just left for cheder, and my 2-year-old is about to get dropped off at the babysitter.

Turning the key in the ignition, I notice the ink on my hand. Quickly wiping it off with my sleeve, I laugh to myself. Would’ve had to come up with a good excuse for my chumash students as to why I have a big red stamp on my hand.

This piece originally appeared on the website Unpious, an online journal for those whose roots are in the Chasidic world but have left it in body or spirit.


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First Published August 31, 2011

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Stacia Friedman11.11.2012

As a secular, single Jewish woman who has done her share of "grinding" with strangers, I find Ms Stein's mockery of Jewish values and ethics to be offensive. On the other hand, if this is a gimmick (a la 50 Shades of Kosher) to get a book or movie deal, you're well on your way. Smut sells!

Having a girls' night out is one thing, but kissing and groping and violating basic tenets of your religion are not acceptable. This is just plain wrong.

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