Author Archives: Raphael Davidovich

Women and Judaism: Refocusing the Discussion

R Raphael Davidovich / Rabbi Michael Broyde’s recent article, in which he expresses mild disapproval of Simchas Torah women’s Torah reading, troubles me. I do not dispute the sources but believe that analysis misses the point. But I do not want this article to be about Rabbi Broyde’s particular piece because it is but one example, albeit impressive, of a larger phenomenon I have noticed over the past few years. Articles about the particulars falls into the category of missing the forest for the trees and ignoring a very significant and halachically dangerous movement. Many articles, impeccably researched, can be written on the following questions: May women receive synagogue honors, such as pesicha or gelila? Should women be discouraged from wearing taleisim? Is there is a way we can permit a double-ring wedding ceremony?

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