JOFA welcomes collaboration with the RCA and other Orthodox rabbinic leadership on advancing immediate and systemic halachic solutions to the
by Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson
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By Sara Meyers Sadinoff
Report and Comments about the Conference on Qinyan and Qiddushin at the Rackman Center, Bar Ilan University
This past Wednesday, the Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women held a conference on "The Necessity of the Component of 'Acquisition' in Halakhic Marriage." They called it "The Necessity of the Property Component in Halachic Marriage," but I'm not pleased with the translation of the word qinyan to "property". A qinyan is an acquisition, or an act of acquisition. Property is what is acquired, and there are many...
By Micki Lavin-Pell
Women’s roles in Jewish life have been evolving and changing throughout the course of history. Many changes in the world such as environmental, technological, and social have enabled women to create and take on new and exciting roles. Changes relate to how women wish to be perceived both by themselves, through the eyes of other women and through the eyes of men. This is strongly interlinked with what contributions they wish to make both within their homes and communities, and...
By Leah Slaten
Leyning (chanting Torah) permanently shifted my relationship with Judaism. When I learned to leyn last year, I felt more connected to Tanakh (Bible), and to my Jewish heritage, than I ever had previously, knowing that for the first time I was participating fully in a ritual that had been passed down...