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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 […]

Religious Feminism in Israel: Breaking Barriers or Breaking Fences

If you are interested in the current attitudes towards feminism within the national religious community in Israel, don’t miss this video from the recent Jerusalem Conference. (Hebrew)

Who is a Rabbanit

For many people the Hebrew word רבנית (“Rabbanit“) is equivalent to the Yiddish word rebbetzin, referring to the (male) rabbi’s wife. I wanted to present a few observations about how the word rabbanit has begun to take on a new meaning in modern Hebrew, that of a woman in a religious leadership role whose title […]

Videos of Israeli Religious Feminists with a Sense of Humor

Recently there was a evening sponsored by the Facebook group אני פמיניסטית דתיה וגם לי יש חוש הומור (“I am a Religious Feminist and I Also Have a Sense of Humor”), and you can read a number of media reports about the conference. This group has generated lots of discussion, both on Facebook and in […]

A Feminist Commentary on Sugyot About Yihud

Dorshot Tov is a new collaborative feminist commentary on a few pages of the Babylonian Talmud, specifically Kiddushin 80b-82b, pages that address the issue of Yiḥud. The book is the product of a study group under the auspices of Niggun Nashim from Mikhlelet Oranim and is also affiliated with the series that Tal Ilan is […]

Happy Eid al-Banat

While for many Jews today is not only the seventh day of Hanukkah, but also Rosh Hodesh, for North African Jews, specially women, today is Eid al-Banat, or Rosh Hodesh of the Women. It is on this day that North African Jewish girls and women have a special celebration whose origins are unknown, although some […]

No Women Blessing Hanukkah Candles at BGU-Updated

Israel Channel 10 broadcast a segment on how at the official Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony for Ben-Gurion University no women were allowed to either light candles or sing. The rabbi of the university was the authority that decided that this would be the policy and he was supported by the administration. After protests the administration […]

Women of the Wall as a Fashion Inspiration

NRG is reporting (Hebrew) that the Israeli fashion house Comme il faut, which describes itself as a being founded “by women, for women,” has released a new collection of clothing that was inspired by Women of the Wall. This collection comes soon after an Islamic inspired collection that was released this Spring.  

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