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Women and Men in Communal Prayer

Women and Men in Communal Prayer

Halakhic Perspectives

By Daniel Sperber, Mendel Shapiro, Eliav Shochetman and Shlomo Riskin

Edited by Chaim Trachtman

Introduction by Tamar Ross

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Communal prayer has always been a central component in Jewish
life. Traditional orthodox services are structured around spatial and
functional separation of men and women. In this book, introduced by Dr. Tamar
Ross, Rabbi Daniel Sperber presents a halakhic justification for expanding the
role of women in communal prayer services. Building on work by Rabbi Mendel
Shapiro (included in the volume) in which the legal sources are examined and
interpreted to permit women to lead parts of the service and participate in Torah
reading, Rabbi Sperber highlights the pivotal importance of kevod ha-beri'ot
(human dignity) in encouraging fuller participation of women in communal
prayer. Because of the relevance and timeliness of the topic, two articles that
express opposition to Rabbi Sperber's position are included- one by Rabbi
Shlomo Riskin and one by Professor Eliav Shochetman. This anthology represents
an example of a vibrant dialogue between leading scholars on a current issue and
highlights the dynamic nature of the halakhic process.

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Additional Info

Format Hardcover
SKU ktav2340
Publisher כתב