Newly synthesized slang term referring to an Orthodox Jew
woman. As with most words for denominations of people, including "dyke
" itself, the word can be used as a slur
or with affection and self-mocking.
The recent film Trembling Before God
, a documentary by Sandi Simcha Dubowski
about Gay and Lesbian Orthodox Jews, mentioned an organization called the "Orthodykes
". Apparently it meets regularly in a number of U.S. cities.
While female (as opposed to male) homosexuality
is not condemned in the written Torah
, Orthodox Judaism has never been about the written Torah, but rather the oral
one. (Ha ha, oral...) So within mainstrem orthodoxy, lesbianism is looked down upon as unnatural, immoral and licentious. Orthodyke women choose nonetheless to observe its ritual
s. See: Do Orthodox Jewish lesbian couples practice "family purity"?