Orthodox Jews believe that men and women are fundamentally different. They have different characteristics, different strengths, different obligations and different ways of seeing the world and approaching life. Thus, it follows that especially for us, (as opposed perhaps to more liberal Jewish movements in which the boundaries between the genders might be more blurred), it is vital that we have both genders leading our people. If men and women see the world differently and have different voices then to have only male leaders is to limit the Jewish vision by fifty percent.
I would like to caution us against seeing women spiritual leaders in the way that liberal Jewish movements have in the past, that of...
By Rori Picker Neiss
By Hannah Hostyk
For the women of Hollywood Florida, the Women’s Megillah reading is a highlight in our spiritual lives. This year almost 150 women collectively attended our evening and morning readings. As in years past, some of the women who attended had never heard the megillah read before. This year, some of our supporters generously donated new copies of the megillahfor the group, so that we now have our own dedicated copies of the megillah for future use. The first time we read megillah...
By Elana Sztokman
By Rachel Lieberman
By Robyn Shames, Executive Director ICAR
A cloud of secrecy surrounds the proceedings in Israel’s rabbinic courts. There is no requirement for accurate protocols of the sessions.