Deconstructing the Mechitza

By Cara Herbitter

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2007

Herbitter calls for a reconsideration of the practice of the mechitza, a barrier used to separate men and women in Orthodox prayer communities. She describes it as not simply a neutral practice that upholds traditional Jewish law (halakhah); rather it upholds discriminatory norms that limit our sexual and gender expressions from reaching their full potential.

Topic: Halakha, Gender, Jewish Law, Tradition, Sexuality, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 38/646

Page Number(s): 12

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Herbitter, Cara. Deconstructing the Mechitza. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2007: 12. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6158


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