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Israeli News Program on Religious Zionism

Israeli Channel 10 has been broadcasting a series of broadcasts on the current state of religious zionism in Israel. During each episode, the reporter, Roi Sharon, focuses on a different issue. All of the broadcasts are in Hebrew. 1. Episode 1-Focuses on the tensions between the “Hardal” and more liberal religious elements within religious zionism. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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