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The unique role of the Jewish woman is described in terms of three archetypical mitzvahs—Shabbat candles, family purity and kosher. How do traditional ideas of Jewish femininity compare to modern feminist ideas about the role of women in society?

What Is a Woman’s Role in Judaism?

What Is a Woman’s Role in Judaism?

Special mitzvahs of Jewish women and what they mean to us

Mrs. Bronya Shaffer is a noted globetrotting lecturer on Jewish women's issues, and serves as a personal counselor and mentor for women, couples and adolescents. Mrs. Shaffer, a responder for’s Ask the Rabbi service, lives with her ten children in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
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August 22, 2015
A blessing to you!
Thanks so much for sharing this awesome history and truths. You are so smart, funny and delightful! I wish I still lived in Brooklyn, would love to speak with you. I'm 60 so I remember much of the 70s and learning about my Jewish roots. Be well and happy! Looking forward to learning more about you and our faith.
Diane Fertig
Eugene, Oregon
August 18, 2015
Sarah was a mother
Dear "nontraditional" friend,

I am glad that you tell your story because mine is similar. I feel like a Jew and my behavior and studies are according since years ago but I have not taken the Mikve yet. I have not been blessed yet in generosity to have a child or a husband, but every day I keep alive my hope of being a wife and a mother and I am working on that. I will raise them as Jews. The wife of Abraham, Sarah, was a mother at very late age.
August 16, 2015
and I love how this really speaks to me despite being very "nontraditional"...I'm childfree and single (and sorta kinda not Jewish either, but have been learning Jewish for a long time) and even all that and in my late 30's, I loved this teaching. Thank you for making something relevant to women like me because it doesn't revolve totally around reproduction and marriage!
August 10, 2015
The woman warrior

A lovely video.
Since Israeli women are required to serve in the IDF, It seems timely to consider the importance of the woman's role in protecting Eretz Yisrael as do male soldiers.
Chanah Senesh has always been my inspiration for her heroism and fearlessness as a female paratrooper decades ago.
louise leon
August 10, 2015
Dear Mrs. Shaffer,
Thank you so much ! Very, very nice and easy to follow and understandable .
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
August 7, 2015
question regarding confirmation of life
Thank you so much for this valuable lecture. I have a question regarding the women's cycle being a confirmation of life. What does it mean spiritually for a woman to have extremely severe painful cramps during these cycles throughout her entire lifespan especially if she never been pregnant?
Lisa Aubert
Long Beach, CA
August 7, 2015
How beautiful....this touch my heart so deeply... Oh that all the women in the world may hear this message!
Thank you for this video!
South Africa
August 4, 2015
I like those functions very much
Such a beautiful speech for a cultivated mother and woman. Definitively after her talk once realized how holily could be living consciousness as Jew. She lighted candles all around and that is certainly clarity to avoid rocks and trees... Thanks
August 3, 2015
Mrs. Shaffer,
You are an inspiration and the ultimate role model of the jewish woman. Thank you for being there!!! May Hashm bless you with all of the brachot!
merion Station
July 29, 2015
I greatly appreciated this lecture; Mrs. Shaffer. It was very inspiring and insightful. Thank you so much! :)
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