OK, so we've all thought about it. But Aliza actually did it.

Aliza Stein of Teaneck, New Jersey, created Gali Girls in 2004 after visiting a toy store with her kids and noticing the proliferation of dolls that were scantily clad, "and whose focus seemed to be on fashion, boys, and makeup." As she tells ModestyZone, "I wondered about bringing a contemporary looking doll to the market that represented positive values and that could teach girls that empowerment comes from within and not from taking their clothes off."

So Aliza looked to her Jewish upbringing to provide her with a perspective she felt would best serve young girls. The result is a line of contemporary and historical "Gali Girls," 18-inch dolls who exemplify traditional Jewish values like modesty, kindness, and charity.

The Jewishness of the dolls is evident in their accessories--a wooden Shabbat kit and tzedekah (charity) boxes.

But isn't the desire for a modest doll universal?

We asked Aliza this, and she explained that the company is actually in the process of developing dolls that represent other religions. "However," she pointed out, "they won't be called Gali."

Gali is Hebrew for "wavy."

So far Gali Girls has sold 2,000 dolls. They fit into American Girl clothing but not Bratz clothing--which is perhaps just as well.

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