by Sally Berkovic

Orthodox Feminists—Definitely No Oxymoron

This year’s theme of the fifth Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) in New York was Zachar v’ Nekavah: Man and Woman, God Created Them. Orthodox feminists are deeply committed to rabbinic power, and that is precisely why they engage in the struggle to gain rabbinic approval for change within the boundaries of halakha, Jewish law. Some have charged that Orthodox women who are feminists are destabilizing the traditional patterns of Jewish family life. But most are women with university’ degrees who are nevertheless often willing to put their careers on hold to raise families—with an average of four to six children.

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