Thursday, November 02, 2006

Speaking of EDs...

Chana pointed me to this excellent article, as it relates closely to what is being discussed below. Excerpt:
Last week, my eldest daughter called me from Israel, where she is studying for a year in seminary, crying and terribly distraught. A girl she was friendly with from another seminary had died of anorexia. She was 17 years old.


The religious seminaries in Israel and the United States are filled with girls who are obsessively self-conscious about their looks. They know that as they approach marriageable age the famous teaching of the Eishet Hayil (Woman of Valor) prayer, written by King Solomon, that "charm is deceptive and beauty is naught; a God-fearing woman is the one to be praised," has been utterly rejected by the yeshiva students of our time, as they preoccupy themselves primarily with a young woman's looks, just as much any secular guy.
Read the whole thing.