According to a recent New York Times article, the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester has started a "Midrash Manicures" club. Girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grade attend the club every week and learn how to do their nails with designs inspired by that week's Torah portion.
The name of the club comes from a type of rabbinic literature, called midrash, that examines and expounds upon the Torah. The club is headed by Rabbi Yael Buechler, who began using manicures as a way to "explore [her] own Jewish learning" in college. Nellie Harris, the principal of the school, describes the manicures as "modern tzitzit" while the middle school's assistant principle, Amy Holtzer, says the girls love it. The best part, she says? "You can't possibly come up with a meaningful design for your nails until you have read and analyzed the text."
You can learn more about midrash manicures on the NYT website.
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