Disney Princes and Jewish Women

Women's critical role in the story of Hanukkah.

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(7) Anonymous, December 14, 2015 9:49 AM

A close friend of mine grew up with stories like your are refering to (princess in trouble waiting for her prince to come and rescue her) in an abusive family. She loved these stories and never gave up hope that one day her prince will come. He came. They married. Soon afterwards she found herself in an abusive marriage.

How sad that she did not hear of Yael or Jehudit, who would have taught her that she can and must take care of things herself, instead of wasting her life on waiting for the prince!

Thank you so much Lori, for your inspiring videos!
I love them and I always look forward to your next one!
Happy Chanukah!

(6) Reuven Frank, December 12, 2015 3:51 PM

That's not Disney OR fairy tales, that's theWOMEN

Jewish women have led through the ages, from God telling Abraham to listen to the voice (of prophecy) in Sara, Rivka sending Jacob away, the women in Egypt saving the next Jewish generation. Miriam convincing Amram to go back to Yocheved so that Moses can be born.
Devorah the prophetess, Bruria in the times of the Talmud,
It's ALWAYS been the women.
Remember, a Jew is the child of a Jewish mother.
That's no story or fairytale or accident.
That's the way God wants it.

(5) Neria, December 11, 2015 5:28 PM

Thank you

Oh Lori, thank you so much for reminding me of these Hannukah roots! Thank you for your spontaineity and authenticity. You brought tears to my eyes.
Shabbat Hannukah Shalom

(4) Howard Sanshuck, December 11, 2015 3:14 AM

Fairy Tales

I don't see anything wrong with stories such as Cinderella or The Little Mermaid. As a young child, I loved the Cinderella story and cried when poor Cinderella was mistreated by her step-sisters and step-mother, yet finally felt happy for her with her prince. Bambi was my favorite story and little Bambi losing his mother would inevitably bring me to tears. I grew up to be a soldier in Vietnam, have jobs that exposed me to dangerous neighborhoods, yet my early childish angst over Disney may have contributed in some small way to being empathetic towards others. You should have bought your daughters the souvenirs they wanted. The remembrances that they wanted to buy of nice stories recreated on ice, would have been appropriate souvenirs.

(3) Anonymous, December 10, 2015 5:55 PM


I am not sure that I agree with this. I do see the Jewish Heroines described as real and more admirable then "Disney Princesses" But I don't there really is any need to compare here. Two different ideas. Fantasy verses reality.
Although, I am not a Disney fanatic, I do believe that its healthy for children to enjoy fairy tales and perhaps even idealize the roles of being a hero. Sometimes the princess is the hero and sometimes the prince.
THe only disney movie I have a serious problem with is "The little mermaid".......

(2) Anonymous, December 10, 2015 8:52 AM

That "formula" isn't real

The Disney Princess Ariel saves her prince, not the other way around. She doesn't directly get rescued by the prince at all.
Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" takes her father's place as the Beast's prisoner, and is later the one to save the prince. In fact, the story is about a prince who is tested, fails the test, but don't worry, the princess saves him.

(1) Anonymous, December 8, 2015 4:54 AM

Honey, that's not Disney, that's the original fairy tales. Disney only adapted them.


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