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New Volume: Contemporary Halakhic Problems

There is no halakhic authority writing in English who is more prolific than Rabbi J. David Bleich. Magid, an imprint of Koren Publishers, has just published his recent Contemporary Halakhic Problems: Volume VII. Koren was kind enough to send me a copy and this most recent volume doesn’t disappoint.

New Book: Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law

I am sure that this will enrich all of our understandings on the subject, Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law. It’s available for pre-order on

Video: R. Joseph Karo in a Global Perspective

Anyone who is interesting in trying to understanding the Shulhan Arukh in a global perspective and in the context of the Ottoman Empire should try and watch this lecture by Roni Weinstein, “Inter-Religious Encounters and the Law – R. Joseph Karo in a Global Perspective” (Hebrew).

New Documentary About Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

The most recent TV documentary on Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef. (H) Watch video here.

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 […]

Carol Gilligan and Jewish Law

Carol Gilligan’s book In a Different Voice had a tremendous influence on our understanding of gender and morality, even as some disagree with her theories. This is how one website summarized her findings: In the book, Gilligan outlined her findings on female moral development and decision-making, drawing on studies with children and university students. In […]

New Blog Focusing on Women and Halakhah

There’s a new blog on the web by Debby Koren, VaTashar Devora, which is described as “A blog about halakha, women and Judaism, Jewish family law, agunot.” After much urging and encouragement from my “fans” and friends, I am launching my blog, VaTashar Devora – ותשר דבורה (Judges 5,1). My primary focus is to discuss […]

Beit Morasha’s Halakhah Program for Women

Ynet has an article (H) about Beit Morasha’s Advanced Halakhah Program for Women. It is a very serious program that does not limit itself to questions about Tohorat ha-Mishpaḥah and is sure to have an influence on the modern religious community in Israel. The curriculum can be found here.

New Book-The Status of Women in Jewish Law: Responsa

Just Published! The Status of Women in Jewish Law: Responsa Special Introductory Offer until Passover The Status of Women in Jewish Law: Responsa, David Golinkin, Jerusalem: The Center for Women in Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 2012, 413 pp.; hardcover, $25, special offer: $20 plus shipping Click here to order The […]

Reading Tehumin in Teheran

In a recent tweet, Rav Tzair called attention to a post on a new Hebrew language Iranian news site that quoted the Rabbinic publication Teḥumin. שרת החוץ הישראלית לשעבר ציפי ליבני הודתה כי עסקה בזנות וביצעה מעשים לא מוסריים עם כמה מנהיגים ערבים במטרה לסחוט אותם כדי לשרת את בטחונה של ישראל, ליבני בראיון לשבועון […]

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