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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Rahel Berkovits

Rahel Berkovits is a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has taught Mishnah, Talmud, and halakhah for over twenty years. Rahel lectures widely in both Israel and abroad, especially on topics concerning women and Jewish law and a Jewish sexual ethic. She is the Halakhic Editor and a writer for Hilkhot Nashim, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance’s Halakhic Source-Guide Series, recently published by Maggid Books. Rahel is a founding member of Congregation Shirah Hadasha, a halakhic partnership synagogue, and serves on its halakhah committee. In June 2015, Rahel received Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbis Herzl Hefter and Daniel Sperber.

Articles by this author


Maimonides, referred to by the acronym Rambam, was a medieval Sephardic Jewish sage who studied medicine and practiced as a physician throughout his lifetime. His legal and philosophical writings made him one of the greatest and most widely read medieval Jewish philosophers.

Nahat Ruah Le-Nashim (Women's Spiritual Satisfaction)

Jewish law presents the concept of Nahat Ruah Le-Nashim as the legal basis for granting women the option to perform commandments from which they are exempt, thereby bringing them spiritual satisfaction.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rahel Berkovits." (Viewed on March 28, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/berkovits-rahel>.


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