Eliezer Melamed, Unpredictable and Non-Tribal Posek: The Case of Women’s Roles
David Silverstein explores the recent attempts to ban Rav Eliezer Melamed and his already-classic Peninei Halakha.
Daniel Deronda and Fate and Destiny: Reflections on Zionism and Feminism
What do you get when you read George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda alongside Rav Soloveitchik’s Kol Dodi Dofek? A cross between Zionism and feminism, argues Eileen Watts.
The Utilitarian Case for Torah u-Madda
Tzvi Sinensky reimagines the utilitarian case for Torah u-Madda. Far from seeing the study of Madda as a concession to the need to earn a livelihood, the new utilitarianism uses cutting-edge scholarship to solve some of the most pressing problems in our schools and communities.
Esther, Feminist Ethics, and the Creation of Jewish Community
How can the mitzvot of Purim reveal the feminist ethics of the Megillah? Aton Holzer offers an enlightening new reading of the Megillah, suggesting that there is a profound connection between the text's structure and its ethics.
Man is not God: The Limits of Imitatio Dei
David Fried clarifies the concept of imitating God through Rashi's oft-neglected reading of “It is not good for man to be alone”
The Zogerke’s Vort
The zogerke or firzogerin, once the vernacular translator in the women’s section of the synagogue, has faded into distant memory. Dalia Wolfson reimagines her for our times.
Queen Aster and Queen Esther
Ariel Clark Silver describes how Queen Esther’s story inspired women’s rights activist Louisa May Alcott’s short fable of an Aster who wisely ruled the kingdom of the flowers.
The Feminist Case for Home Economics
There was a time when many day schools featured home ec classes, but those days are behind us. Lindsey Bodner makes the case for reintroducing an updated version of this course in our curricula.
Hilkhot Nashim: A Cautious Revolution
Gila Bieler-Hoch reviews Hilkhot Nashim, published by JOFA and Maggid Books.
93Queen: The New Eishes Hayil, Woman of Valor
Naamit Sturm Nagel reviews 93Queen, a documentary about Judge Ruchie Frier and the Hasidic women's ambulance corps that she founded.