Aurora Mendelsohn


Partnership Minyan and the Egalitarian Threat

By Aurora Mendelsohn

Partnership Minyan and the Egalitarian Threat
Partnership minyanim offer Orthodox women a leading role. Aurora Mendelsohn explores why rabbis are pushing back against these new egalitarian forms of prayer.Read More


Having It All and Being Good Jew Too

By Aurora Mendelsohn

Having It All and Being Good Jew Too
Observant career women face a special challenge in balancing work with the demands of home. Unfortunately, Judaism has not yet lightened the burden on them.Read More


The Paradox of the Mechitza

By Aurora Mendelsohn

As a rule, my husband and I don’t pray in non-egalitarian settings (or, at the very least, in ones that don’t count women in a minyan). So while I have been following the progress of partnership minyanim with respect and interest for a number of years, I hadn’t participated in one on a Shabbat morning until recently, when I attended the bar mitzvah of a friends’ son.Read More


The Cost of Attachment Parenting

By Aurora Mendelsohn

The Cost of Attachment Parenting
Like “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik, I am an observant Jew, and had my first child while completing my Ph.D. (Mine was in experimental psychology; the actress’ was in neuroscience.) And like Bialik, I endorse and practice many aspects of ‘attachment parenting’: breastfeeding and late weaning, baby-wearing (using a sling), bed-sharing and positive discipline. So I thought I’d be a big fan of her new parenting book, “Beyond the Sling.”Read More


School Tuition Should Be Based on Income

By Aurora Mendelsohn

School Tuition Should Be Based on Income
Jewish day school is expensive and the cost is beyond the reach of many families. The solution could be income-based tuition fees, argues Aurora Mendelsohn.Read More






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