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Category: Gender

Tzniut, Halakha and the Male Gaze: Lecture and Sources

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 10, 2016

This lecture was composed in the context of this op-ed in the New York Times. These sources also accompany the Season 2 Episode 7 episode of the Joy of Text podcast. Introduction There is a general sense in the frum community that tzniut is a concept that applies almost exclusively to women and to how they dress.  …

Breastfeeding and Showing Affection in Shul

The Parameters of Rabbinic Participation in Conversions

Partnership Minyanim: A Preliminary Response to R. Hershel Schachter

Yichud in a Shul

May a Woman Lead Selichot?

What Endangers the World of Torah and The Rabbinate?

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot
Posted on July 22, 2016

מה מסכן את עולם התורה ואת הרבנות? By Rav Yoel Bin Nun Rav Yoel Bin Nun is the former rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Kibbutz Hadati and a founding faculty member of Michlelet Herzog of Yeshivat Har Etzion, and a faculty member at Yeshivat Har Etzion and other Torah institutions.…

Ani LiDodi, VDodi Li: Towards a More Balanced Wedding Ceremony

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 5, 2016

This article was originally published on My Jewish Learning. In the traditional wedding ceremony, men play a more prominent role than women. This can be troubling for couples who, while wishing to be respectful of tradition and community, are also looking for ways to have a ceremony that reflects their vision of marriage as an equal partnership.…

Women and Kriyat HaTorah

Tzniut: Whose Obligation?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 6, 2009

The topics of hirhurim and tzniut, of illicit sexual thoughts and modesty, have deep implication. The Gemara (e.g., Avoda Zara 20b, Berakhot 24a) focuses on the man’s sexual thoughts as potentially resulting from seeing or looking lustfully at women, but does not address the issue of women’s sexual thoughts.…

Women in the Synagogue – the Mechitza and the Ezrat Nashim

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 30, 2009

Regarding mechitza we find 3 models in the achronim. There are those that say that it is to prevent kalut rosh – levity (based on the Gemara in Sukkah regarding the simchat beit HaShoyeva, the festival on Sukkot for the water drawing).…