Women Non-Rabbis

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Menachem Butler blogs about a new article by R. Michael J. Broyde, in which he argues that many women teachers should be legally allowed to claim a parsonage tax exemption. R. Broyde’s argument centers around the interpretation of that passage in the tax code, in which ordination has been deemed irrelevant and function defines one’s status. Thus, R. Broyde argues, women who teach Jewish studies and lead prayer services in classrooms should qualify for parsonage just as much as a cantor.

This is NOT an argument for women rabbis but, quite the opposite, a removal of one of the arguments for women rabbis. The US tax code does not require one to be a rabbi in order to receive parsonage.

(See also this post about the ordination of women)

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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