Gender & Sexuality
Jewish views on hot topics.
Attitudes have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with sharp differences between the Orthodox and liberal movements.
Women & Feminism
Debates about the role of women in Jewish life.
Judaism has an overwhelmingly positive attitude toward sex.
What the Bible, Talmud and other classic texts say about women and their roles.
Jewish feminist thought seeks to create theological narratives that merge Judaism with feminist values.
Beliefs & Practices
What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?
Efforts to make the community more compassionate have stopped short of sanctioning gay relationships.
How much do you know about gender issues in the Jewish past and present?
Clothing & Appearance
Why most Orthodox women cover their hair, whether with wigs, hats or scarves.
Considering the role of gender in producing knowledge about Judaism.
The rabbis of the Talmud designated specific female roles and activities, and were wary of women's nature, but they also tempered biblical laws that caused hardships for women.
In the Bible, women are sometimes portrayed as men's equals and other times, as men's subordinates—or property.
Weddings & Marriage
Tweaking the traditional rituals and blessings for LGBT wedding ceremonies.
Jewish tradition looks favorably on sex and sexuality, given certain conditions.