The Mechitza and Community

By Steve Greenberg

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2001

The author reflects on the social aspects of the mechitza - the physical divider between men and women in Orthodox synagogues. He discusses ways in which it creates separate and unequal experiences for men and for women, as well as presenting the strengths of separation by gender. He calls for the religious inequality to be overcome while retaining the mechitza.

Topic: Halakha, Gender, Jewish Law, Orthodox Judaism, Prejudice, Discrimination

Name of Publication: CLAL Community and Society Archive

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Genre: Brief

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Greenberg, Steve. The Mechitza and Community. CLAL Community and Society Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2001:


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