The role of women in Judaism has always been central and it is important to note that women have largely been treated with respect and dignity both in Jewish religious law and Jewish communal life. Yet while women’s roles were valued, and even at times exalted, they were limited and the traditional roles of wife and mother were the dominant frameworks within which female Jewish identity was expressed.
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Rabbi Rachel Adler remembers the furor caused by her landmark feminist essay, "The Jew Who Wasn't There."
Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College. She is the author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany. She talks about her research and her father the renowned Rabbi, theologian, and civil rights leader, Abraham Joshua Heschel.
"A lot of things change when you have a kid. And I was startled to realize how much my way of thinking about spirituality, and my understanding of my Jewish spiritual practice, got rearranged when I became a mom for the first time. The deeper I got into it, the more I realized that my parenting was more influenced by Judaism than I realized, and that my taking the work of raising small kids seriously was also having a pretty big impact on my thinking about, and understanding of, Judaism itself."
Sonia Pressman's speech on the women's rights movement at Nielsen on June 16, 2015.
Jewish Virtual Library, the most comprehensive online resource on Jewish history, politics and culture, to provide a one-stop shop for users from around the world seeking answers to questions on subjects ranging from anti-Semtism to Zionism, The role of women
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) is the leading organization advancing social change around gender issues in the Orthodox Jewish community. JOFA expands the spiritual, ritual, intellectual and political opportunities for women within the framework of halakha (Jewish law), by advocating meaningful participation and equality for women in family life, synagogues, houses of learning and Jewish communal organizations to the full extent possible within halakha.
JWA is a national organization dedicated to collecting and promoting the extraordinary stories of Jewish women. JWA explores the past as a framework for understanding the issues important to women today; inspires young people with remarkable role models; and uses Jewish women’s stories to excite people to see themselves as agents of change.