By Josie Glausiusz
Shortly after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on February 11, 2013, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published a picture of the now-Pope Emeritus placing a note in a slot between the stones of the Western Wall.1 When I looked at the image it occurred to me that a Catholic Pope not renowned for his love of the Jews could pray in his priestly garb at...
JOFA’s Zelda Stern to Invest in First Clergy position for Yeshivat Maharat Graduate at D.C.’s National Synagogue
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) and Yeshivat Maharat have jointly paved the way for a member of the first graduating class of Yeshivat
The following are remarks made by JOFA founding Board Member Zelda R. Stern announcing the initiative to fund a Maharat position in the National Synagogue in Washington, DC
By Zelda R. Stern
Parshat Behar, which we read this past Shabbat, was my Bat-Mitzvah Parshah. Having been raised along with my five siblings in...
By Ruth Balinsky Friedman
The Book of Ruth is one of the most beautiful stories in the Torah. Like many legendary tales, it begins with a situation of despair for the main characters, followed by stories of courage and personal struggle, and concludes with salvation delivered through the arrival of outside parties. However, what distinguishes the Book of Ruth from other stories is that there are no bad guys; the only antagonist is tragic circumstance. There are, however, two classes of characters in the Book of Ruth - the...
By Chava Evans
Have you ever seen the Saturday Night Live parody, “Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy?” (If you haven’t, I’ll wait a minute while you Google it. Got it? OK.) If there were a Bat Mitzvah version of this spoof, I imagine the young woman would be delivering a pre-packaged discourse on Ruth as a model of loving-kindness. Orthodox pedagogy relentlessly presents Ruth as angelically kind and unerringly modest.
By Bonna Devora Haberman
I plan to be in the northeastern USA to teach a rabbinic seminar in July 2013. I am looking for wonderful venues and communities to run bold new community-wide programs, jointly sponsored events – feminist approaches to Tisha B’Av, the commemoration of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, and the celebration of T”U B'Av. Here is a draft to indicate some of the ideas; I am flexible about tailoring these sessions, both content and form, to the interests of the groups involved.
By Sharon Shenhav
We are well into the 21st Century and Jewish women are not only the majority of the Jewish people, they are highly educated, articulate and well organized. So why haven't they achieved equality
The international Council of Jewish Women, an umbrella organization with affiliates in 43 countries, held a demonstration at the Knesset on Sunday, entitled "Jewish Women Worldwide Demand Equality".
The following is a text version of a speech delivered by Rabbi David Kalb at a Solidarity Minyan (Prayer Service) in Support of Women of the Wall at Town and Village Synagogue on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, Tuesday, March 13 2013. Some minor changes were made from the original.
Shalom and Chodesh Tov (Have A Good Month). I am an Orthodox Rabbi and I believe that every Jew should have the right to pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall in his or her own way. I might not personally agree with the way every individual or community approaches Tefilah, Prayer. I might even disagree on Halachic, Jewish legal grounds. However, the fact that I might disagree, or that anyone else might disagree,...