Category Archives: Women & Judaism

Double or Nothing?: Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage

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This presence is characterized as which gender? Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg declared, "We have to recognize that Jewish blood and the blood of a goy are not the same thing." (NY Times, June 6, 1989, p.5). Then, he selects a modern day Jewish leader or leaders, and asks the sublime question: What if? Besides I at least don't believe in a God who would punish a woman for not being able to or wanting have children, for whatever reason (infertility, not finding a spouse as well as deciding not to).
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The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism

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In vain did Pelagius, Socinus, and the Arminians protest against a view which deprived man of his prerogative as a free, responsible person (Strauss, l.c. p. 53). Paul in the New Testament: "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. The earliest Reform rabbis to settle in Israel arrived in the 1930's. No other epistle author in the Bible wrote like Paul. This introduced a long period of Greek rule – and accompanying Hellenization – which would affect Judaism greatly.
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Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

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Gadlut--a state of expanded spiritual consciousness; contrasted with katnut, a state of constricted spiritual consciousness. It nevertheless improved particularly during the Hellenistic period, so vigorously and continually that one must speak of a women’s liberation movement which had a massive and manifold liberating impact on the lot of women--not everywhere and in every class and at every period equally effective, of course. Reform Judaism is committed to the themes of social justice in Jewish tradition and turned its energy to making these ethical views a reality.
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Formative Judaism, Seventh Series: Religious, Historical,

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That dialectic is embodied in a single paradigm: the story of Paradise lost and regained. Strangely enough, the same author later states that it is the "thirst for knowledge and divinity that makes her listen" (209) to the serpent. Their writings were welcomed by intellectuals trying to harmonize revealed religion with the new scientific learning. It is this belief that made the Jews unique among other ancient Semitic peoples and that became the legacy Judaism has passed on to the entire Western world.
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Formulating Responses in an Egalitarian Age (The Orthodox

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She is, firstly, created by God, 'the first of his acts of old'. Topics covered in this section: Links to Jewish resources in other web sites: The Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) hss an annual "... exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image." Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life..." Barnabas was referred to as an apostle along with Paul by Luke in Acts 14:14, but there is no record of Barnabas claiming the title for himself.
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Contemporary Western European Feminism

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The idea that the fetus is considered to have converted with its mother is the Ramban's (Nachmanides). These groups, dedicated to Reform Judaism in ideological terms, differed from the vast majority of congregations in the United States, whose members were more concerned with the realities of everyday life in America than with the intricacies of Judaic theological debate. Master, she answered him, my husband studied much Scripture and studied much Mishnah and attended upon many scholars, yet he died in middle age.
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Women in Judaism: The Status of Women in Formative Judaism

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It is no wonder such a woman is appreciated; she is the best model for the perfect servant. Yet he had Moses, the prophets, the Psalms, John the Baptist, the Fathers voice from heaven saying, "You are My beloved Son..." and hundreds of those who witnessed his resurrection. The Talmud specifically forbids “cutting the sperm ducts” [ 9, 10 ]. Some wives will at first find that pleasant and a reason to carry their heads higher. In 1983, the Central Conference of American Rabbis passed a resolution waiving the need for formal conversion for anyone with at least one Jewish parent who has made affirmative acts of Jewish identity.
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The Journey is Home

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Similar home ceremonies occur on the festivals. Pliny’s remarks in this regard are dramatic: “Day by day the throng of refugees is recruited to an equal number by numerous accessions of persons tired of life and driven thither by the waves of fortune to adopt their manners. Modern apologists tend to ignore or evade it. Gays, ADL says, are some of the nicest, most non-threatening folks your kids can get to know. Since the first wife cannot be obliged to live with a zarah ("rival"), she may also ask that the court order (but not compel) the husband to give her (i.e., the first wife) a divorce (Sh.
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Silencing the Queen: The Literary Histories of Shelamzion

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The married man who has extramarital affairs with unmarried women is not an adulterer and the unmarried women involved with him are not adulteresses. The controversy concerning the Asherim as trees or poles seems to be resolved easily. Those who presume that woman was totally a new creation from male can assume that repetition of the divine prohibition on his part sufficed to secure her compliance. Depending on where your urethral hole is, you will still have to be circumcised.
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The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the

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Even though it is correct to assume that it was Moses who shaped Judaism as a structural and unified doctrine, to call him the founder of Judaism would be taking it a bit too far. The issue of abortion in the Orthodox community is hotly debated, indeed seen by some almost as a litmus test of one’s commitment to Modern Orthodoxy or, alternatively, to a pre-modern, culturally conservative orthodoxy. The Talmud states: ‘God endowed woman with more understanding than man.’(l6) And it is from this understanding that the sympathies and sensitivities needed to sustain a family flow.
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