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Sunday, January 15 • 3:50pm - 4:35pm
Are Tallit and Tefillin Only for Men?

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Today many women sit in the sukkah, shake the lulav, hear the shofar and recite the Shma- all mitzvot from which they are exempt- and yet it is still considered taboo in the Modern Orthodox world for a woman to wear either a tallit of tefillin. Why are these two mitzvot treated so differently from the rest? Do the issues surrounding them just stem from social discomfort or is there a halakhic difference that sets tallit and tefillin apart from the rest of the time-caused mitzvot? Is there room for future development with regards to women’s practice of these mitzvot? In this session these issues will be examined and discussed by studying sources from the Talmud through to modern legal Rabbinic literature.

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Rav Rahel Berkovits

Rahel Berkovits is a senior lecturer in Mishnah, Talmud and halakha, at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has been teaching for almost twenty years. She created and teaches a course on women’s participation in Jewish ritual and another course on sexual ethics. Rahel writes articles and lectures widely in both Israel and abroad on topics concerning women and Jewish law, and recently published the book “A... Read More →


Sunday January 15, 2017 3:50pm - 4:35pm
East Ramp

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