This course will assess attitudes towards women in Jewish law and thought from the time of the Bible until the present. Through an examination of topics such as women and mitzvot, and marriage and divorce; as well as a range of issues related to women’s sexuality and control over her own choices: the laws of niddah; birth control and abortion; sexual violence towards women.
We will explore some of the following questions: Does the halacha respect a woman’s autonomy, whether it be over her body or her religious expression? How much did cultural and social change influence the way halacha and communal mindsets evolved with respect to women? Can Orthodoxy fully absorb a contemporary feminist critique and institute permanent change on that basis, or will tensions perpetually exist in the dynamic between egalitarianism and traditional Judaism?
ILS 650 ($180*) for 10 classes
*dollar price dependent upon exchange rate on date of payment
10% discount price for simultaneous registration for 2 series or more
15% discount price for simultaneous registration for 3 series or more.
Prior to start of course – 100% refund or 100% credit for another course.
Following one class – 90% refund or 100% credit for another course (except for fieldtrip courses where only a 75% refund will be given after one meeting).
No cancellation after 2 classes (in special cases, e.g. illness, a credit will be given for another course).
*In-person class is dependent upon a minimum number of in-person participants, otherwise the class will be given ONLY via zoom.
Details of meeting place for in-person courses will be sent one week before the start of classes.