Joining the Voices of Men and Women

By Tully Harcsztark

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, November 2010

The author, a rabbi and educator, discusses issues related to the halachic (Jewish legal) prohibition of kol isha, men hearing a female singing voice, in the context of Jewish schools and school policy. Jewish day schools committed to halacha must not ignore this issue, the author writes, but should rather engage their students and communities in conversation about issues of male-female interaction, the sexualization of society, and the question of whether to take an essentialist or non-essentialist approach to the issue of kol isha. If the non-essentialist position is chosen (and several halachic authorities permit this approach, the author notes) then the focus of the issue can shift from the woman singing to the man's self-discipline in hearing.

Topic: Halakha, Gender, Jewish Law, Culture, Policy, Empowerment, Orthodox Judaism, Day Schools, Education, Women, Sexuality

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/No.674

Page Number(s): 7-8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Harcsztark, Tully. Joining the Voices of Men and Women. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. November 2010: 7-8.


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