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Tide of Orthodox Women Spiritual Leaders Making Waves in Israel

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman eJewish Philanthropy http://goo.gl/W0O9V9 First there was the Matriarch Sarah, who according to the Talmud was a greater...

 
 

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Parashat Naso: Authority vs. Initiative – Rabbi Herzl Hefter

Parashat Naso: Authority vs. Initiative – Rabbi Herzl Hefter

The heads of the tribes bring their gifts to the Mishkan and Moshe won’t accept them. Is he feeling threatened by their initiative? What is he afraid of and...

 
Why I Ordained Women

Why I Ordained Women

Rabbi Herzl Hefter The question of rabbinic ordination for women – or men, for that matter, is not my primary concern. Of course it should go without saying that...

 
Returning Home: What About Those Who the Torah Forgot?

Returning Home: What About Those Who the Torah Forgot?

Rabbi Herzl Hefter In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own inheritance. (Vayikra 25: 13) This verse assumes that all have an inheritance to which...