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Jewish Gender and Feminism 101

Debates about the role of women in Jewish life.

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Women in the Bible

In the Bible, women are sometimes portrayed as men's equals and other times, as men's subordinates—or property.

Denominations

Women Rabbis: A History of the Struggle for Ordination

While the Reform movement was theoretically in favor of women's ordination as far back as 1922, it was not until 50 years later that the first women was ordained as a rabbi in North America.

Ask the Expert: Can Women Wear Kippot?

Why do men wear yarmulkes, and women don't?

How To Read Eshet Hayil

Explaining this ancient song about a 'woman of valor'

Overview: Women in Traditional Jewish Sources

What the Bible, Talmud and other classic texts say about women and their roles.

Jewish Feminist Thought

Jewish feminist thought seeks to create theological narratives that merge Judaism with feminist values.

Debbie Friedman: Singing Unto God

A Jewish musical phenomenon

Why Some Jewish Women Go to the Mikveh Each Month

What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?

Jewish Gender & Feminism Quiz

How much do you know about gender issues in the Jewish past and present?

Hair Coverings for Married Women

Why most Orthodox women cover their hair, whether with wigs, hats or scarves.

Feminism and Jewish Prayer

A variety of views on changing masculine bias in Jewish liturgy.

Feminist Perspectives on Jewish Studies

Considering the role of gender in producing knowledge about Judaism.

Women in Rabbinic Literature

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.

American Jewish Feminism: Beginnings

Contemporary Jewish feminism has made its impact on all of the major denominations of Jewish life.