(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child on Tuesday hosted a study session on issues regarding women studying and teaching Torah.
Lawmakers and representatives of Midreshet, a chain of 22 pluralistic organizations involved in shaping a Jewish- Israeli identity primarily through various study frameworks, took part in the study session.
Committee chairman Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) was joined by MKs
Yohanan Plesner (Kadima) and Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) for the third event
of its kind this year. The topic of women in the Jewish scholarly world
is especially relevant to Orlev, who, along with five other secular and
religious MKs, is sponsoring a bill to make the state recognize and fund
pluralistic institutions for Torah study.
The draft of the bill is being negotiated with representatives of the
Culture and Sport Ministry, in hopes of reaching a version that will
enable a definition of pluralistic Jewish institutions, including the
fact that women will study and teach in them, that won’t provoke the
resistance of haredi lawmakers.