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Peretz, what are your thoughts on women becoming Orthodox rabbis?

Everyone loves a juicy headline. Usually that happens when something unusual occurs and highlighted if someone is squirming in the story. When a Chabad rabbi converses with a young woman preparing to become an Orthodox rabbi — that is unusual. If she asks him on record what his opinion of women becoming Orthodox rabbis, someone is going to squirm — either him, her, or both.

This happened in the recent podcast I had with a young woman studying to become a female Orthodox rabbi. Here is an outline of my response. It’s built on two principles.

 

The first is that Torah education of girls and women must be on the highest level. Sadly, it’s not. In traditional schools, where girls and boys are educated… Read More »

Impressed by an Upcoming Female Orthodox

Everyone loves a juicy headline. Usually that happens when something unusual occurs and highlighted if someone is squirming in the story. When a Chabad Rabbi converses with a young woman preparing to become a Rabbi-that is unusual. If she asks him on record what his opinion of women becoming Rabbis, someone is going to squirm, either her, him or both.

You squirmed? This happened in the recent podcast I had with a young woman studying to become a female Orthodox Rabbi. Here is an outline of my response.

It’s built on two principles. The first is that Torah education of young girls and women must be on the highest level. Sadly it’s not. In the traditional schools where the education of boys and girls is separated, the intensity… Read More »

Apathy or Fear; or Maybe a Bit of Both

There is no denying that on today’s college campuses there is a decrease in dialogue, especially group dialogues and particularly between those with diverging views. Certainly that is the case at Brandeis University where I’ve been living for seventeen years and observing this trend.

The consequences are dire. In an environment where young people do not engage with others whose ideas are outside of their comfort zone and are unwilling to respond to perspectives that are different than theirs, they are unlikely to develop into healthy adults. This is also decaying the strength of character of today’s college students, including those who’ve recently graduated.

In my and my wife Chanie’s attempt to address… Read More »

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