The Mechitza and Community
Author(s): Steve Greenberg
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Gender; Discrimination; Jewish Law (Halacha); Orthodox Judaism
The author reflects on the social aspects of the mechitza - the physical divider between men and women in Orthodox synagogues. He discusses ways in which it creates separate and unequal experiences for men and for women, as well as presenting the strengths of separation by gender. He calls for the religious inequality to be overcome while retaining the mechitza.