Breaking the Modern Orthodox Glass Ceiling

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Recently, The Jewish Week published an article by Rabbi Dan Friedman about the roles of women in modern Orthodoxy. The article, entitled “Female Orthodox Rabbis? We Already Have Them,” argues that as women pursue the chance to become rabbis in some modern Orthodox circles, they undermine the influential roles women have in modern Orthodoxy, such as the learned and spiritual rebbetzin or the guest lecturer at shul.

It seems at first that Friedman is conceding that women’s historic influence on Orthodox life allows them to lead those communities, imparting their wisdom to community members. However, what Friedman is really doing is advancing a condescending argument as to why women ought to accept their place and not push the gender equality envelope.


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