Yes to Halakhah Means No to Women Rabbis

By David Novak

Eugene Borowitz, January 19, 1979

Out of respect for social standards in the Jewish tradition, a woman is precluded from leading a service or acting as a public Torah reader. According to Jewish text, a woman cannot serve as a witness in a marriage or a divorce. Thus we see that according to law and custom, women are excluded from many roles necessarily male and customarily rabbinical.

Topic: Halakha, Gender, Jewish Law, Tradition, Rabbinate, Change, Jewish Text, Women

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

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.9/no.166

Page Number(s): 55-57

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Novak, David. Yes to Halakhah Means No to Women Rabbis. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 19 January 1979: 55-57. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=9521


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