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Equality Lost

Equality Lost

Essays in Torah Commentary, Halacha and Jewish Thought

By Yehuda Henkin

In Equality Lost, Rabbi Yehuda Henkin teaches us how to extract the peshat in the Torah and demonstrates how to interpret Halacha in regard to women in the age of feminism, the conversion to Judaism of children in non-observant homes, and the killing of captured terrorists. Readers will immediately recognize the direct, sensible, and authentically Jewish evaluations of current phenomena such as the glatt kosher craze. In addition, he gives us fresh and unsettling insights into the reasons for the destruction of the Second Temple, the lessons to be learned therefrom, and the ramifications of these lessons for the State of Israel.

About the Author

Rabbi Yehuda Henkin is the author of three volumes of halachic questions and answers Bnei Banim, the Torah Commentary Chibah Yeteirah, and more than a hundred articles in periodicals and scholarly journals. Born in the United States in 1945, he studied for six years with his grandfather, the famous posek Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, of blessed memory, from whom he received rabbinical semichah. He is also a graduate of Columbia University. Following his Aliya to Israel in 1972, Rabbi Henkin served as the Rabbi of the Beit Shean valley prior to moving to Jerusalem. His wife, Chana Henkin, is founder and head of the Nishmat Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies for Women. They have six children.

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~Review by David B Levy, Touro College, NYC, AJL Reviews
The title Equality Lost is taken from Rav Henkin’s brilliant first chapter which is a reading of how zilzul (disrespect and belittlement, underestimation) by one person of another, in spite of their having been created equal, has tragic results. The book is divided into three sections: Torah commentary, Halacha, and Jewish Thought. Additionally, it includes a biography of Rav Henkin’s grandfather, Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin -- the first biographical account to appear in English. Henkin is extremely erudite, and his book is punctuated by learned footnotes for following up with sources. This is an important work, and welcome second edition for the English-reading public unfamiliar with Henkin’s Hebrew writings.

In the Halacha section, Henkin demonstrates how to interpret Halacha in regard to women in this age of feminism. Sensitivity is given to Kol Isha (the voice of a woman) and women reciting kaddish and other prayers. He also deals with the conversion to Judaism of children in non-observant homes, and the killing of captured terrorists.

In the section on Jewish thought, great insights are offered into the role rechilut (tale bearing) played in the destruction of the second temple and the lessons to be learned regarding the state of Israel, and the true meaning of teshuvah related to current events. With regard to the glatt kosher ‘craze,’ Henkin demonstrates that what comes out of one’s mouth is more important than what goes into it. Highly recommended for all libraries. (Posted on 12/12/2018)

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Additional Info

Additional Info

ISBN 978-965-710-801-7
Format Hardcover
SKU ktav2528
Publisher Ktav Publishing House
Data Sheet N/A