Orthodox

Orthodox feminism must know its limits

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, June 23, 2013

JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, is an organisation that was set up in order to encourage Orthodox women to be able to find more expression within the realm of Orthodoxy and traditional Judaism.

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Streisand distressed by strictly Orthodox treatment of women

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2013

Barbra Streisand has spoken out against the treatment of Israeli women by strictly Orthodox Jews.

The singer, who was receiving an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, used her speech to voice concerns over what she regarded as recent incidents of sexism in the country.

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Women's prayers answered

By Miriam Shaviv, June 17, 2013

When you hear the same promises from leaders for years, or even decades, cynicism is inevitable. So I will forgive any readers who laugh when I predict there is going to be significant progress on one of the thorniest issues facing our community: the role of women in Orthodoxy.

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How Orthodox women can be liberated in shul

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2013

It was a problem few synagogues face but most would be delighted to have. On Sunday so many people turned up for a Rosh Chodesh service in London that some had to be turned away.

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Israeli chief rabbi election could yet make history

By Nathan Jeffay, June 14, 2013

Israel moved a step closer to a non-Charedi chief rabbi earlier this month, when the Knesset’s religious-Zionist party threw its weight behind a moderate candidate.

The modern-Orthodox iconoclast David Stav has built his rabbinic career on making Judaism more welcoming for the non-religious, and he is now determined to break the strictly-Orthodox control over the Chief Rabbinate.

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Inaugural UK conference of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance

By Zoe Winograd, June 13, 2013

There was a whiff of revolution in the air in north London on Sunday when a group of women and men gathered to challenge the Orthodox establishment.

“Today, we are witnessing a decentralisation of Jewish halachic authority,” announced Professor Tamar Ross, of Bar Ilan University.

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Not just a gadget: rabbi gives Google Glass higher purpose

By Anna Sheinman, June 7, 2013

Entrepreneurs around the world are rapidly coming up with ways to make money out of Google Glass, the IT company's new computerised spectacles.

One canny rabbi at the University of Stanford in California has also embraced the new gadget, but with a very different objective - to help students bind tefillin.

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Not a one-off...

June 6, 2013

Sunday's Orthodox service in London, where women will be called up to the Torah with men and both will read from it, is significant. Partnership minyans are growing in Israel and the US, most famously the Shira Hadasha community in Jerusalem where a number of British olim regularly pray.

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Orthodox breakthrough for women with new service

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

An Orthodox service led by women as well as men is to take place in London on Sunday – possibly the first of its kind to be held openly in the UK.

It will happen before the start of the inaugural conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance UK in Golders Green, although it is not part of the conference.

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'Shame'-sex marriage? Rabbis clash over Bill

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

The Federation of Synagogues this week launched a blistering attack on Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman for failing to back his interfaith adviser in opposing same-sex marriage.

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