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US Orthodoxy is roiling with debates

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Published: 3 November 2015

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Top US rabbis officially ban women in rabbinic positions – JTA/The Times of Israel 01.11.15
Rabbinical Council of America adopts policy prohibiting Orthodox institutions from ordaining or hiring female clergy
Read report here

And see:

Statement in support of the ordination of women as Orthodox spiritual and halakhic leaders – Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) 01.11.15
JOFA continues to wonder which part of our mesorah the RCA believes dictates that women Torah educators, scholars, and leaders be given less respect for performing precisely the same work as their male counterparts.

Yes to Zionism, no to Feminism? -  Ben Greenberg  - The Times of Israel 02.11.15

It is time for Orthodox revolutionaries to drop their tone of anger - Shmuel Rosner – Jewish Journal 02.11.15

And from The Sisterhood/Forward, three articles by Yair Ettinger (Haaretz):

Newly minted Orthodox leaders take ‘Rabba’ title – 12.06.15
Two women ordained as Orthodox rabbis will be entitled “rabba,” the female form of “rabbi.” They will be joining the only woman who had the title until now, Sara Hurwitz of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale’s synagogue in the Bronx.

Is Orthodoxy on brink of historic schism? – 27.07.15
The ordination of Orthodox female religious leaders is only one manifestation of the growing split in the movement. Will it end with a formal division of the faith?

Is Modern Orthodoxy reaching Its breaking point? -31.08.15
With tensions increasing over the role of women and other issues, it may be time for the two branches of American Orthodoxy — ’Modern’ and ‘Open’ — to split.


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