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Celebrating Jewish Womanhood

Celebrating Jewish Womanhood

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Immersed in Love
Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?
One of the greatest challenges of married life is the notion that familiarity breeds contempt. While things may be bliss at the outset, the routine engenders boredom, listlessness, and eventually indifference.
Why I'm Not Offended by the Blessing
Do I think that this blessing should be abolished? Does it make me feel angry?
Jewish Feminism
The true meaning of modesty
As a child, I insisted on wearing dresses and the color pink. I guess I was born a feminist, in the nonpolitical sense. I celebrated my girlhood and was proud of it.
The Role of Women in Judaism
I Am Woman
I wanted to celebrate the differences inherent in the sexes, rather than diminish them. To unravel the mysteries of what it meant to be a woman . . . what it meant to be a Jewish woman . . .
The Jewish Woman
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The Jewish Woman
In light of the Rebbe’s teachings
The Jewish woman has a unique mission specific to her special qualities and sensitivities. The very future of the Jewish people depends on her success.
Restrictions That Free
“Aren’t there way too many things that you have to do?” “Is there anything in your life that you wish you could do, but you can’t because you’re religious?” The questions came hurtling toward me, one after the next . . .
A Woman's Prayer
Yet it wasn’t until a few years later that I learned how to connect to the formal Jewish prayers. Staying over at a friend’s house for Shabbat, I was completely embarrassed when she handed me a prayerbook. I sat on the sofa, pretending to read the Hebrew words like a pro. But I couldn’t fool my friend . . .
Not Satisfied with Women’s Role in Judaism
It is complacency, not questions, that pose a threat to Judaism. Questions propel us out of the lethargy of our comfort zones to dig deeper and discover the greater truths hidden within our eternal Torah.
Catalysts of Change
The Power of the Jewish Woman
The Lubavitcher Rebbe understood that it is women who are the catalysts of change. Through empowering them, one hastens the social, psychological and spiritual revolution of mankind ...
Voice of the Bride
Man and Wife, G-d and the Jews
There will come a time, blessed and welcomed by all, when the feminine will have greater access to transcendent consciousness, and when that happens, she will bestow and man will receive from her...
'Til the Lights Go Out
Nourishing our souls, illuminating the world
Torah does not support asceticism, the closed walls of a monastery and a life apart from the bones of the body. We are asked to eat the cookie—or kasha—but to ever remain the master of that act . . .
A Woman's Place in Torah
Answers to a Contemporary Issue
Within the context of our society, women are required to function on a more sophisticated level than ever before, occupying professional positions that require higher knowledge...
Tending the Garden
Where Are the Feminine Role Models?
I'm often asked: Where are the feminine voices in Jewish history, the feminine role models? Why are they not leading the way?
A Daughter of Tzelafchad Speaks
The First Feminist Movement
The Torah’s account of the petition presented to Moses by the daughters of Tzelafchad is relevant both to women seeking halachic support for change, and to the rabbis who are ruling on their questions.
A Feminist's Quest for a Place in Jewish Life
Although I was at peace about my situation, it was still reassuring to hear from someone of the Rebbe’s stature that there is a role for every woman, whether a mother or not, in Judaism.
Chassidic Feminist
My Personal Experiences
I would describe myself as a Chassidic feminist. The two terms are not mutually exclusive, though their combination is not without tension...
Why I Don't Put On Tefillin
I had always been fascinated with tefillin (phylacteries), the two black leather boxes with Torah verses of parchment inside, worn on the head and wrapped around the arm. The basic explanation is that it is a way of connecting to our Creator and it is the binding of head, heart and deed...
A Woman's Role
An Interview with Rebbetzin Leah Kohn
You can’t do your job as a mother, as a wife, if you’re single, or as a member of a community, and live Jewishly, properly, if you’re not inspired yourself, if you don’t know what it is all about.
If Women Were Men
Counting Our Blessings
My girls were having a heart-to-heart with my friend about the role of women in Judaism, and seeing things through their eyes was just unbelievable...
Women in the Synagogue
An Answer to the Controversy
The issue is even more baffling than you think. Most of the guidelines for prayer, we learned from a lady named Chana who lived about 3000 years ago. Yet all the dominant roles in communal prayer are given to men!