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About Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower

Devorah Zlochower has taught gemara and Halakha for over two decades. She served as Rosh Beit Midrash at Drisha Institute for over a decade where she taught gemara and Halakha and headed the full-time fellowship programs. She has also taught gemara at SAR High School in Riverdale, Yeshivat Maharat, and most recently, at Yeshivat Hadar where she was a senior faculty member. Devorah serves on the advisory board of JOFA and on the parent board of Aaron School, a special education school in Manhattan which her sons attend. Devorah’s writing and advocacy work has focused on religious feminism as well as on disabilities. She lives in Riverdale with her husband, Rabbi Dov Linzer, and their two teenage sons.

Written by Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower

The Problem with Perfection

by Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower, April 30, 2010

When my son Netanel was a preschooler, he informed me that he was a member of a persecuted minority: he is left-handed. Discrimination is rampant, according to Netanel. In addition to the obvious—scissors, golf clubs, spiral notebooks—Netanel noticed something that had escaped his left-handed mother, his left-handed father, and his left-handed older brother.…