Blessed Are you Lord Who Has Not Made Me a Woman!

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Blessed Are you Lord Who Has Not Made Me a Woman!The bracha of shelo asani isha is probably one of the only prayers we say on a daily basis that most folks can agree with. Amidst all of those prayers about redemption, incense, fear of the Lord, and sacrifices it’s nice to know that we have some that really make sense. I’ve never wanted to be a woman and most dudes I know feel the same way, child birth, sitting to pee, and mood swings are all reason enough to be glad we were born men, so what if we can’t get multiple orgasms.

However, I do sometimes wonder along with the feminists over why they didn’t get left with a better bracha. It’s gotta suck to be an orthodox feminist, you have to combat with the men who run this religion over everything. You have to fight with the men to get out of the women’s section during weekday davening, fight with them for your daily mikvah rights (because truly God fearing women want to be clean everyday) and you have to fight with the men to sell you a pair of tzitzis or tefillin when it’s obviously not for a man. I guess this is one of the many reasons why you don’t meet too many orthodox feminists, it’s just too tough of a fight to wage.

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  • Pinny151

    You wrote “truly God fearing women want to be clean everyday”. TRULY G-d fearing women know that immersion in a mikveh is not about being “clean” at all. It IS about tumah and tahara. There is no need for women to go to a mikveh every day. There IS a need for them to go at the appropriate time of the month. The reason you do not meet too many orthodox feminists is NOT because “it’s just too tough of a fight to wage” it’s because truly orthodox women understand that there IS no fight to wage. Men and women have very different roles to play in Jewish life. Some of those roles overlap, some do not, BUT both roles are just as important and crucial to a Torah society. I would add that most Jewish “feminists” like the so-called “women of the Wall” are not really after being more pious, but are pursuing a political agenda. They may say they want to wear talleisim or tefillin but for what reason? I doubt if most (any?) of them observe Shabbas (k’halacha) or kashrut (k’halacha) or taharas hamishpacha (k’halacha). If they WERE truly interested in being pious Jewish women, these would be some of the most important mitzvos they would be concerning themselves with as opposed to going to mikveh every day which is not a mitzvah at all.