Women’s Empowerment

Dvar Torah

This essay was originally published as part of the Torah Queeries project, an online archive of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion managed by Jewish Mosaic (now Keshet - the two organizations merged in July 2010). The book version of Torah Queeries is available from NYU Press

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The laws of divorce in Torah and Talmudic sources, and their relevance in the modern context.
Rabbi Mark Dratch, for www.jsafe.org
The Jewish and Social Justice Perspective. Aryeh Pelcovitz, Uri L'Tzedek
Tsufit Daniel and Aaron Finkelstein. Rutgers Mishmar, Februray 12, 2009.
A text study on women and philanthropy originally presented at the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Summer Institute 2006

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In much of traditional Jewish text, women are the Objects of men's attention, legislation, sexual longing, criticism, etc. A central element of women's empowerment is recognizing women as subjects, autonomous agents who are not defined or valued through their relationship with others, particularly men. Critical precedents for this perspective appear scattered throughout the text.
How does Judaism relate to women who take on roles different than those that might be expected?
A look at how Judaism talks about women's rights and poverty.
Basic sources addressing the mitzvah of p'ru urvu.
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