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Women and the Study of Torah

Edited by Joel B. Wolowelsky

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Women And The Study Of Torah is a collection of thoughtful and informative essays about advanced Torah study, all of which originally appeared over the course of two decades in the periodical "Tradition: The Journal of Orthodox Thought", published by the Rabbinical Council of America. There is an age-old debate in Jewish Law on whether it is proper for women to study the Oral Law. The first collection of essays in Women And The Study Of Torah concern encouragement for women to engage in some study of the Oral Law, including Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's case for why women should be allowed to study Talmud. The second part of Women And The Study Of Torah is a collection of more individual and personal essays by people who work in the field of Jewish education, including heads of schools that offer advanced Torah study for women. A fascinating and persuasive book, very highly recommended for students of Judaic philosophy, culture, and religion.
From Publishers Weekly
To what extent should Orthodox Jewish women be required or permitted to study the Torah? In Women and the Study of Torah, essayist Naomi G. Cohen advocates the full religious education of Jewish girls, and contributors Arthur Silver, Warren Zev Harvey and Mayer Twersky follow suit. The essays trace the issue of women's learning through Jewish history and rabbinic tradition. The second half of the book presents the opinions of educators who are in the trenches of Orthodox shuls and seminaries, educating women of all ages. Their insights into the development of Jewish women's education are truly fascinating. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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