Was this the year of ‘Open Orthodoxy’? The inaugural graduation of Yeshivat Maharat and the new leadership at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah would indicate so. But some were not convinced.
The dust has settled from the graduation of female maharats. But controversy over women’s roles as spiritual leaders in Orthodoxy is only getting louder.
The first class of maharats may be controversial among the Orthodox. But they enjoy overwhelming support from Jewish women from other denominations.
The graduation at Yeshivat Maharat was no ordinary cap-and-gown ceremony. Rather, it was history in the making for Orthodox women.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: The graduation of the first women from an Orthodox rabbinic school is a joyous revolution. It’s long past time for Orthodox women to blaze a trail to the future.
The first women to graduate from a groundbreaking Orthodox rabbinical school are being welcomed at synagogues. But others are blasting Yeshivat Maharat for breaking with tradition.
Three years ago, Rabba Sara Hurwitz made history by becoming the first publicly ordained female rabbi in the Orthodox community. Will the revolution will continue?
A new debate looms over what to call Orthodox Jewish women trained in rabbinic texts and serving the Jewish community as religious leaders. And the ‘R’ word has once again reared its disruptive head.
One of Sara Hurwitz’s sons recently said more, related to the recent conferral of her new title of Maharat, than many others publicly have. Four-year-old Zacharya told her “only boys can be rabbis.”