Tag Archives: Women Rabbis

Resources on Women’s Ordination

by R. Gil Student A lot has been written recently on the subject of women’s leadership in the Orthodox community, particularly about women’s ordination on rabbis. The overwhelming conclusion has been that there are many areas of potential growth for women in communal leadership but not in the rabbinate. Traditionally, the rabbinate has been male; we are bound to proudly uphold that ...

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When Values Collide: Women’s Rabbinic Ordination

by R. Gil Student In October 2015, the Rabbinical Council of America issued a resolution (that I sponsored) that its members may not ordain women into the Orthodox rabbinate nor hire a woman rabbi, regardless of title. This past Thursday, after a long process of communal comment and rabbinic inquiry, the Orthodox Union (OU) issued a statement effectively adopting the ...

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Women’s Leadership – Correction

In a summary of a recent issue of Tradition, I incorrectly described Dr. Joel Wolowelsky’s article. In the latest issue, he responds and clarifies his view. He explains that he believes semikhah is certification of knowledge and therefore would be appropriate for religious learned women, too.  But, he said, it is distracting for them to use the title “rabbi” because some object ...

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New Periodical: Tradition 49:1

New issue of Tradition (49:1 Spring 2016) with a special section of Perspectives on Women’s Leadership in Orthodoxy: The Sons of Korah, Who Did Not Die by R. Shalom Carmy – An expansion of Rav Soloveitchik’s interpretation of the Korach rebellion with an application to the current “crisis of authority.” A Litvak in Montreal: The Thought of Rabbi Aryeh Leib ...

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Masorah and the Role of the Jewish Woman

by R. Mayer Twersky This essay was originally published on TorahWeb.org and is republished here with permission  -ed I In this study we seek be”H not originality, rather renewed understanding and appreciation of ancient, eternal truths. This study draws heavily from, and is framed by, Rav Soloveitchik’s (the Rov’s) Torah. II וזכרתי את בריתי יעקב ואף את בריתי יצחק ואף את בריתי אברהם אזכר ...

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