Currently, an ehibition of the works of Jewish women cartoonists is being held at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel from February 17 to April 17, 2011. The exhibition display the comic books, graphic novels and original drawings by 18 Jewsh women artists from Canada, the US, Britain and Israel.
The influence of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, but the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is largely unexplored.
Some of the famous male Jewish cartoonist include Jack Kirby and Joe Simon (Captain America), Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (Superman), Art Spiegelman (Maus series), Steve Sheinkin (The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey – and Rabbi Harvey Rides Again), Trina Roberts (MAD magazine), Uri Fink (Sabraman), Eli Eshed (Tarzan in the Holy Land) and Israel’s Hasbara Dry Bones Comics.
It’s nice to learn that finally, some Jewish women have found to vent their religious and social frustration through comic.
The dogma of the First Sin in the Bible has resulted in an extremely negative impact on women throughout the Judaeo-Christian tradition. All women were believed to have inherited from their mother, the Biblical Eve, both her guilt and her guile. Consequently, they were all untrustworthy, morally inferior, and wicked.
Jewish Rabbis listed nine curses inflicted on women as a result of this dogma: “To the woman He gave nine curses and death: the burden of the blood of menstruation and the blood of virginity; the burden of pregnancy; the burden of childbirth; the burden of bringing up the children; her head is covered as one in mourning; she pierces her ear like a permanent slave or slave girl who serves her master; she is not to be believed as a witness; and after everything – death.”
To the present day, orthodox Jewish men in their daily morning prayer recite -“Praised be God that he has not created me a gentile. Praised be God that he has not created me a woman. Praised be God that he has not created me an ignoramus.”
What is the difference whether it is in a wife or a mother, it is still Eve the temptress that we must beware of in any woman. I fail to see what use woman can be to man, if one excludes the function of bearing children.”- St. Paul
“The birth of a daughter is a loss” (Ecclesiasticus 22:3).
“Let the words of Torah rather be destroyed by fire than imparted to women”, and “Whoever teaches his daughter Torah is as though he taught her obscenity”
The women status in Islam and Islamic society vs Judo-Christianity can be summarize as – While Bible project a woman born in sin, Holy Qur’an says both male and female children are born pure. Woman is so despised in Christianity that priests and popes are not allowed to marry (though they have been found sexually abusing youth and Nuns). Judaism doesn’t give wife the right to divorce her husband while Holy Qur’an awards woman the right to marry or divorce of her own choice. Women in Judaism and Christianity are not entitled for inheritance while Holy Qur’an commands inheritance for widows and daughters. Bible forbids women to receive religious education while Islam more emphsizes on women education. Under Judo-Christian law, a women cannot stand witness without the consent of her father or husband while in Islam, a woman is allowed to be a witness with the exception of a few jurisdictions. A Judo-Christian woman involved in adultry is commanded to be put to death, even by burning her alive (Leviticus 21:9 and Genesis 38:24). A Jewish wife is not allowed to help her husband in distress (Deut. 25:11-12 and 23:1). If a woman gave birt to a daughter, she becomes impure (Leviticus 12:2 and 12:5, Psalms 51:3-5), and so on.