The Ordination of Women and Orthodoxy
Drew Kaplan has an interesting post on modern orthodoxy and the ordination of women rabbis. Also see the insightful post here at Ancient Hebrew Poetry. For me the ordination of women as rabbis was decided long ago in favor, but it is interesting to see how others struggle with the issue. My son’s wonderful Talmud and humash teacher also happens to be among the pioneers of women in religious leadership roles in orthodoxy.
As the following quote from John F. Hobbins shows, there are still issues to be addressed, even by those who support the ordination of women as rabbis which aren’t necessarily connected to the actual question of the ordination of women.
It is well-known that our culture has not found an adequate solution to the difficulties parents face in raising a family and holding down two demanding, full-time jobs at the same time. In reality, outside the realm of high-sounding theory, the model works well in practice far less often than it ends in failure.
Complementarianism addresses real problems. Insofar as it is counter-cultural in our age, it also creates new ones. In any case, the problems to be addressed are not specific to families in which a parent is a rabbi or pastor. The same problems obtain in families in which the parent is, for example, a doctor or a lawyer.