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Siyyum HaShas for an Eight-Year-Old

All of the details aren’t clear to me, but it does seems like an eight-year-old girl has learned a lot of Gemara.

New Book: Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz

I can’t wait to get my hands on this new book by Elisheva Baumgarten, Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz: Men, Women, and Everyday Religious Observance. In the urban communities of medieval Germany and northern France, the beliefs, observances, and practices of Jews allowed them to create and define their communities on their own terms as […]

Photo Exhibit on the Ezrat Nashim

The Israeli architectural photographer Adva Naama Baram has a photo exhibit at the Architect’s House Gallery in Jaffa consisting of photographs of different women’s sections (Ezrat Nashim) from synagogues around Israel. Haaretz has a report about it: The women’s section of the Yom Tov Taranto Synagogue on the narrow Gilboa Street in Jerusalem’s Ohel Moshe […]

Reviews of Mehalekhet Bedarkah

Below is a list of reviews or article about Malka Puterkovsky’s new book, מהלכת בדרכה, that I hope to keep updating as they are written. 1. Yael Levine in Kipa and INN (Hebrew): A critical review of Puterkovsky’s chapter on woman saying the mourner’s kaddish. Levine wrote: [An] in depth analysis uncovers cardinal problems throughout the […]

Malka Puterkovsky in Her Own Words

There is an interview (Hebrew) with Malka Puterkovsky, the author of the recently published book on halakhah, in Israel Hayom. The interviewer, Emily Amrusi, asked Puterkovsky many questions and these are some of her comments and answers. “I am not beholden to any institution, program or training. I went the entire way with excellent teachers, […]

Not in Our Store

Bli Neder, I will have my own copy of Malka Puterkovsky’s new book (see here) on halakhah in a few weeks, but in the meantime one chain of Judaica stores associated with the national-religious community in Israel has found a non-creative way of addressing the issues that the book raises, not selling it. The chain […]

Is She an Eishet Halakhah

In a few weeks, the small number of halakhic works that have been written by women will be increased by one when a new book on halakhah by Malka Puterkovsky will be published. During the past few weeks an interesting discussion has been going on about what title should be used for Puterkovsky. Is she […]

Today’s Historic Rabbanut Exams

After a legal battle, today four women are taking (H) the Israeli Chief Rabbinate semikhah exam in the laws of kashrut. Last year the religious women’s organization Emunah petitioned the High Court of Justice to force the Rabbinate to allow women to take the exam and become mashgihot kashrut (kashrut supervisors). In December, before the High […]

Partnership Minyans in Israel

Last year in Haaretz Vered Kellner wrote an article about the difference between Partnership minyans in Israel and America. She claimed that the number of Partnership minyans in Israel seems to be increasing, while in America this doesn’t seem to be true. My question–and I have been bothered by this issue for some time–is why […]

More From the Religious Feminist Scene in Israel

I have written before about different trends in Israeli religious feminism, and for those who will be in Jerusalem tomorrow there will be a day of learning at Beit Morasha sponsored by the Facebook group Halakhic Feminists. It will be possible to watch the proceedings live on their Facebook page, and they intend upload the […]

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