'If I Take a Beating, I Take a Beating,' Says the Head of Israel's Association for Civil Rights

She grew up secular, became Orthodox, came out as gay, was ordained a Reform rabbi, devoted herself to social activism – and today heads the Association for Civil Rights. Noa Sattath, who has suffered no few obstacles along the way, asserts that changing times demand a rethinking of the past

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Shany Littman
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Noa Sattath was 16 when she decided to become religiously observant. “All my friends started dating guys, and I discovered the wonderful world of the religious ban on negi’ah [touching],” she relates. “It was simply a lifesaver for me, an escape hatch. It took a huge amount of pressure off me. And I also felt deeply connected to the world of prayer and learning.”

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