Audio Roundup 2023:30

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by Joel Rich

From a letter to the commentator:
Here is the issue that no one is talking about. Women are choosing not to register for the array of Talmud classes we offer. The opportunities are available. We encourage students to take these classes. Shrinking enrollments in them means that we cannot offer certain classes. What we need to understand is why this is the new reality here in the United States, and, based on anecdotal findings from our colleagues in Israel, also true in some seminaries in Israel.

When we offer text-based Gemara classes on the beginner and intermediate levels, there is poor student registration. When we offer these same skills-based courses and call them Halacha classes that have Gemara study as a central activity, registration is much higher.

Why is it with greater opportunities for women’s Gemara learning, fewer women are interested? It seems to be the trend that women are less interested in learning Gemara. This is not a Stern issue. It is a Jewish communal issue.

Me-and the perceived reasons for the shift are?

Subject: Vayidom Aharon

I think the question your student was trying to ask (or the one that’s been on my mind for a while) is that if it is the case that Aharon was comforted by Moses telling him that bkrovai akadeish was fulfilled through them, then it’s not much of a paradigm for those who suffer and who don’t have an understanding of why things happen.

Your thoughts?

Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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