Datiyah.com is all about shining a light on strong and ambitious women! Specially those who are influential in the religious secular. What better way to do this than to feature a different influential Jewish woman each week? Each blog post will highlight a Jewish woman who has achieved many goals while still remaining true to her religion and customs.
Talking about ambitious! – Our first lady is Miri Ben David Livi!
Chances you already heard about her, but for those of you who didn’t – let me introduce: A wife, mother of five children, and a business woman all at the age of 37. Miri Ben David Livi has become a huge role model to women of all ages in the religious secular. She is a journalist for the “Zmanim Modernim” section in “Yediot Acharonot”, the most popular Israeli newspaper, and has been since the young age of 20. This is just one of her many achievements. Miri is also a modest fashion blogger on X-Net. Away from journalism Miri established “Moadon Hachatzait” – the “Skirt Club”. The “Skirt Club” focuses on networking and educating independent business women from the religious secular to help them grow and better their businesses. The skirt club is having 2-3 meetings each week and the group is growing continuously.
If you happened to be in Israel and you own a business – make sure to join a session. Expect enriching experience!
On top of all these great achievements, Miri also has her own modest fashion blog: http://mirilivi.com where she focuses on providing religious women with almost anything they wish and need to know about modest fashion world. Posts range from modest fashion trends and tips, to gift guides, even to kosher restaurant finds – definitely worth a visit!
I contacted Miri and asked few questions, you know, it’s always good to learn from the best….
Miri, How do you find the balance between your responsibilities at home and your career?
I believe that what you do out of love always flows better. B”H I was able to find my way to do things that I really love and know how to do so the boundaries between what I love to do and my work are blended. I always put my family before everything else but with the correct time planning I believe that you can do much more than you think
How long was it until you began to see the fruits of your labor?
Already at the age of twenty I knew that I wanted to be a journalist and aimed to be one at the highest rank. I didn’t think that the best start would be at an unknown newspaper. I turned to “Laisha”, the most popular newspaper among women in Israel and asked them for a chance to prove myself. It really happened and from then on I am enjoying every minute. I never measured my income or results but rather my happiness and enjoyment and with that everything comes out natural
What type of advice would you give to a religious woman who wants to start a career?
In the beginning you should make the right choice – even if it means to pay professionals for advise and consultation. Try to learn all the time from experienced people, from lectures…. The most important thing is not to fear to leave a workplace if you do not find your place there. Keep looking until you do. Another important thing is to take a notebook and to write goals down for you to peruse.
Have you ever made a mistake or do you regret anything career wise?
I do try to learn from mistakes and to understand why the mistake happened. For example when I put too much trust in people that are not as true as I think. On the other hand I like to move on; not hold grudges and not get upset but rather put my energy into what works. I like to surround myself with people who love and support me.
How do you keep yourself up to date with all the latest trends in modest fashion?
I write a lot about fashion I love the topic and I know a lot about it. But I have to admit that it’s not my whole world. The information that I receive comes from the internet and world magazines that I get regularly and therefore I remain informed. But my blog is all about tznious fashion, so It shows women how to dress modestly and not become fashion victims, how to dress the way that suits them best, and how to pick the right pieces that can still be worn the next year. I’m against buying and throwing clothes away as trends come and go. That’s one of the rules that I relay to women and young girls.
In your closet we will mostly find…?
Black dresses. I have like ten of them! But also colorful ones. I aim to buy clothes that don’t require to much layering with base shirts and base skirts. I prefer to buy clothes that are tsnious to begin with. I also love midi denim skirts and long sleeves shirt.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
On one hand I’m very ambitious. On the other hand one of the things a say so many times a day is – Hashem, save for me what I have. I think that whoever is happy with what they have in this moment, which is their reality, he is the happy person. You need to be happy with what you are doing now and you need to be ready to move up a step in the near future. After so many years in journalism, my new baby is the “skirt club” where I hold meetings with religious business women and provide them with tools to continue their journeys. I believe that this project will succeed and grow B”H.
Like a good Jewish mother, I hope, together with my loving and supportive husband, to have nachat from our children and see them make their dreams come true too.
Overall Miri has been a great influence on the lifestyles of religious women internationally. And she is a perfect example of a woman who brake the stigma on religious women.
Visit Miri at her blog: http://mirilivi.com
And on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/miri.bendavidlivi
Photos by Shimrit Binyamin
Remember – Modest is beautiful!