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Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Steve Greenberg

Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: Gender; Discrimination; Jewish Law (Halacha); Orthodox Judaism

Type: Brief

Abstract:

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.