HALACHA MATTERS: An unprecedented time in Jewish history

Today, even the most ultra-Orthodox communities have strong education systems for girls through and often post-high school, recognizing that education may threaten the status quo but it also empowers

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
May 9, 2018 17:23
 Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women

Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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S havuot – the holiday on which we commemorate the receiv - ing of the Torah on Mount Si- nai – is on May 20. As I think about learning and accepting Torah, I cannot help but reflect on two recent events that reflect the steps forward and backward in the advance- ment of Torah education for women.

Two weeks ago, on Parashat Emor, over 70 learned women went out to communities around Israel to teach Torah. Shabbat Dorshot Tov was an exciting venture organized by the Orthodox Jewish feminist organization Kolech for the third year running in partnership with Matan Women’s Institute for Torah Study, Midreshet Lindenbaum, Midreshet Ein Hanatziv and the rabbinical organization Beit Hillel.

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