Author Archives: Efraim Vaynman

Rethinking the Shidduch Crisis III

by Efraim Vaynman (continued from here and here) Part 3 In the prior two essays, I argued that attitudes toward kollel lifestyle are changing within men’s education but not within women’s education, and that women’s Torah education has changed in a significant and relevant way. In this essay, I argue that this change should affect how we view women’s roles ...

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Rethinking the Shidduch Crisis II

by Efraim Vaynman (continued from here) Part 2 A Return to the Sources In the prior essay, I argued that the kollel lifestyle is changing but that an imbalance exists between men and women that will exacerbate the current shidduch crisis. In this essay I will review the Talmudic sources on which the Chareidi education system bases itself to teach ...

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Rethinking the Shidduch Crisis

Rethinking the Shidduch Crisis: The Role of Jewish Women in Contemporary Society by Efraim Vaynman Part 1 of 3 Sometimes we don’t see the obvious until we are forced to. The so-called “Shidduch Crisis,” the many singles struggling to find a mate, is a case-in-point. The Chareidi community in particular has proposed many ideas for solving and alleviating the shidduch ...

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Contemporary Tzaraat?

by Efraim Vaynman Is it Possible to Become a Metzora1 Nowadays?2 The Shulchan Aruch does not contain a discussion of the halachot of tzaraat, implying that the halachot of tzaraat are not relevant nowadays. However, elsewhere the Shulchan Aruch does discuss tzaraat as it relates to other mitzvot. The Shulchan Aruch rules that a metzora is forbidden from laying tefillin3 ...

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The Importance of Good Intentions

by Efraim Vaynman I. Noble Intentions The need for specific intent in even the most objectively proper religious acts seems odd but speaks to a basic truth about Judaism and the relationship between man and God. The opening line of this week’s parasha reads (Ex. 25:2): דבר אל בני ישראל ויקחו לי תרומה מאת כל איש אשר ידבנו לבו תקחו ...

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