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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 […]

Responsa Radio from Mechon Hadar

From Mechon Hadar: Responsa Radio Episode 1 Night Owls, De Tocqueville, Dishes from Sears, and Theater! Mechon Hadar is happy to introduce this new joint project with Open Quorum and the Center for Jewish Law and Values: Responsa Radio. Ever wanted to know the answer to some deep and challenging questions in halakhah (Jewish law)? […]

Alyssa M. Gray on Jewish Law as Great Literature

Below is a video of Alyssa M. Gray’s Eli Talk on “Jewish Law as Great Literature.”

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef on the Peace with Egypt

One of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s most discussed responsum is his one on withdrawing from territories captured in war in the framework of a peace accord. I have discussed this responsum here, and now a new document has been published that further sheds light on Rav Ovadiah’s opinion on the issue. Itzik Sudri, whose sister is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Moshe Halbertal on Maimonides

The other day I ordered Moshe Halbertal’s new book Maimonides: Life and Thought and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. A few months ago at NYU, Noah Feldman spoke with Halbertal about his book. For anyone interested in the Rambam it is well worth the hour of viewing time.

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 […]

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