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 the Western Wall, but a Jewish woman could then be arrested at the same site for wearing a tallit, a prayer shawl.
I posted that comment with a picture of...
Though I have never worn a prayer shawl myself, I wanted to support those who did.
By Susan Weiss
WoW April 11 arrests Photo: Marc Israel Sellem
After police threw Anat Hoffman in jail, I joined Women of the Wall (WoW) for monthly services. This decision did not stem from deep religious fervor.
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 for millennia. I never considered myself especially feminist, so before my friend Ricki offered to teach me how to leyn, I never would have thought about leyning as a possibility for me. I was never particularly bothered...
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 within society at large. Roles that women play are also influenced by how they...
Report and Comments about the Conference on Qinyan and Qiddushin at the Rackman Center, Bar Ilan University
By Debby Koren
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 types of property and many types of acquisition in Jewish law. Just to give one example, qinyan of a...
By Sara Meyers Sadinoff
By Lindsay Simmonds
By "MBSD," an Orthodox parent from Baltimore, MD