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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 […]

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 […]

Halakhic Transparency

Last week there was a bit of a storm for some members of Israel’s religious community, and I am not talking about the meteorological type. It all started when Rabbi Yoni Rosensweig published an article (Hebrew) in NRG about how during the big snowstorm last week the fuse blew in the house where he was […]

Changes in Israeli Marriage

During the past few weeks much has happened in Israel in the area of marriage. Much of it started with an article by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed that called for a recognized brit zugiyut, literally a covenantal relationship, between people. While there are different interpretations of what type of relationship this would be and what would […]

Video-Rabbi Benny Lau on Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

For those who want a very good introduction to the importance of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, this recent talk by Rabbi Benny Lau is worthwhile. It is in Hebrew and HT goes to Rav Tzair.

Lithuanian Ultra-Orthodoxy and Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

Ynet has an interesting article (Hebrew) about the relationship between the Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox community and Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef. The relationship has at times swung between blatant opposition, ambivalence, and guarded respect. Sometimes the criticism is based upon differences in methodological approaches to the study of rabbinic sources and how halakhah is decided, while other times […]

A Halakhic Tribute to Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

Ethan Tucker has written a thoughtful tribute to Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l. R. Ovadiah–A Halakhic Tribute by Ethan Tucker

A Tale of Two Simhat Torahs

Israel Hayom has an article (Hebrew) by Emily Arusi about this most recent Simḥat Torah in Israel. Here are a few sections that I translated: When I was in my early twenties I also tried. I asked that they pass the Sefer Torah to the women’s section, that we be able to dance with it, […]

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef on Withdrawing from Territories

As a result of both Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s illness, may he recover and live until 120, and the appearance of Shas MK Yitzhak Vaknin at the J Street Conference, a number of people have been speaking about Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s responsum on withdrawing from territory that has been captured/liberated (whichever you prefer). See for example […]

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