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Jewish Law

Jackie Tabick

Jackie Tabick, Great Britain’s first female rabbi, also serves as Britain’s first female head of the Reform Beit Din, or religious court.

Come, Join Us

I remember my excitement upon hearing about Yeshivat Maharat’s  ordination of women. As a supporter of female Jewish leadership in all of its forms, I was thrilled at the idea. Evidently, Jessica Cavanagh-Melhado, a contributor to JWA’s blog, felt the same way. In June 2013, she wrote a piece entitled, We Begin to Become a Multitude. In the piece, she describes her experience attending the first ever ordination of women as open Orthodox female spiritual leaders. 

Sara Hurwitz

Upon becoming the world’s first Modern Orthodox woman rabbi, Sara Hurwitz took on the title “Rabba.”

Holy Glass Ceiling

On June 13th, 2013, three women graduated from the Yeshivat Maharat and were ordained with the title of maharat, or female spiritual leader. Even then, the Rabbinic Counsel of America (RCA) refused to recognize these women as part of the Orthodox Rabbinate. This is a two steps forward, one step back situation. 

Pop(e)ular

Religious leaders aren’t normally considered cool by teenagers, but Pope Francis is most definitely an exception. As a teenager myself, I can say that the Catholic Church was not at all on my radar until he started making waves. 

Dress Code or Stress Code?

I never really understood the purpose of the dress code. Was it for religious reasons? Was it to protect our male classmates from possible distraction from their studies? Was it for both reasons? I found it extremely degrading that I felt pressured to be ashamed of my body. 

I Need Feminism Sign

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Author Ariela Basson holds up a sign about feminism and school dress codes.
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Author Ariela Basson holds up a sign about feminism and school dress codes.

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Can Feminism and Orthodox Judaism Coexist? I Say Yes.

Growing up as the oldest of three girls, I have always been taught that my position in the Jewish community is an important one. I was taught that when I grow up I’ll get the opportunity to be an active participant within my Jewish community. 

Gabi Cantor at the Western Wall

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Author Gabi Cantor at the Western Wall.
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Author Gabi Cantor at the Western Wall.

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Gett: The Trial of Vivian Anselem, written and directed by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz and released in 2014.

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Gett: The Trial of Vivian Anselem, written and directed by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz and released in 2014.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Law." (Viewed on May 24, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/jewish-law>.

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