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Celebrating Jewish Womanhood

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!
Why Can't We Get Along?
Understanding the Male/Female Dynamic
Disagreements in marriage can be a real exercise in humility and maturity and force us to transcend our subjectivity. If we embrace the discomfort of the dispute we can come out with a lot more than a wounded ego...
The Contributing Factor
Fulfilling Our Potential as Creative Women
A woman must cultivate a relationship with her Creator and use her mind to its fullest capacity. Only then, asserts the Akeidat Yitzchak, can a woman fulfill her second role as Chava, 'mother of all life', a role which crowns the role of isha.
The Back of the Synagogue is Not the Back of the Bus
Two Interviews on Jewish Feminism
...I listened carefully to what Esther Kosovsky and Tamar Frankiel had to say as we talked about some provocative and pointed issues. Their unswerving conviction in their own rich experience as observant Orthodox women speaks for itself.
The Depth of Simplicity
Torah Learning Outside of the Book
The opportunities for formal Jewish women's education today are unprecedented, and they have created far strides in the development or our communities, but I think they also indicate a need to compensate for what has been lost...
Feminism and Orthodoxy
What It's All About
The innovations and increase in Torah study of recent generations connects to and is emphasized more in relation to women...
Transforming Women's Torah Learning
A New Wave in Educating Jewish Women
Torah learning for Jewish women has been revolutionized. No longer must women strive to learn as men, but rather women are now revealing and celebrating their own unique ability to learn as women.
Miriam’s Circle Dance
Women and the Circle World
A circle has no beginning or end, and every point is equidistant from its center; so it is for souls. Truly, it is impossible to rank them, for each is the most beloved in the scale of values that is its perfected virtue...
Putting Women in the Picture
The Rebbe’s views on women today
A personal account of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s attitude towards feminism.
Different But Equal
A Jewish Perspective on Men and Women
Before we can understand the differences between men and women, we must first understand the differences between masculine and feminine.
The Curse of Eve
A Jewish Perspective on Women in Society
Those who refer to the biblical story of Eve as a Divine endorsement of sexism are overlooking a simple truth: a curse is not something that should to be the way it is -- it's something that should not be the way it is...
The Kabbalah of Female and Male
Man seeks woman, and woman yearns for man. But the trick is learning to contract in order to come together . . .
Put All Your (Chaotic) Eggs in One Basket
A Kabbalistic Study on Male and Female Energies
First tries are usually chaotic. Yet the Torah offers us different methods of capturing the chaotic energies of beginnings and turning them into productive and stable states that can be used over and over again.
The Moon and Us
Understanding the Feminine Qualities of the Moon
To an ancient Greek or a Hindu, passive stillness is masculine, activity and motion are feminine. To a Taoist, action is masculine and passiveness is feminine. In other words, if it is a virtue it is masculine. The Jew turns the pyramid on its head
Man and Woman
A Psychological Profile
When G-d created Adam, at the moment Adam opened his eyes, what was his psychological profile? He had no Oedipus complex because he had no mother. He didn't have a birth trauma, because he wasn't born. He had no sibling rivalry... What was this man like?