For the past few decades, many Orthodox leaders have reacted to the overall friction between some aspects of feminist ideology and halakhah (Jewish law and ethics) by trreating suggestions for increased women's participation in religious activities with suspicion. They feared that these proposals, while benign in appearance, could legitimize feminism in the eyes of the halakhic community.
It is now time, argues the author, to move past this fear of feminism. We are fast approaching a "post-feminist' era in which accepting certain initiatives originally promoted by feminists no longer carries with it the implications that we accept feminist ideology as awhole. We should not continue to fight yesterday's battles, confusing a genuine desire to grow in Torah with an attack on Torah values.
It is obvious to people who have first hand contact with women engaged in advanced Torah education in Israeli schools like Michlelet Lindenbaum, Matan, or Nishmat or in American schools like Drisha and Stern College that it is the unparalleled high levels of education attained by these women that now drives this concern, not any particular feminist agenda.
This book explores how this drive for increased women's expression in our homes, at life-cycle nevents, in our synagogues and in our schools can be realized with complete fidelity to halakhah.
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