The Flourishing of Higher Jewish Learning for Women
Publication Date: May 2000
Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Author(s): Rochelle Furstenberg
Series: The Jerusalem Letter, no.429, May 1, 2000
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Adult education; Community Development; Orthodox Judaism; Gender
The author reviews the development of what she calls the ongoing "revolution" in women's higher Jewish learning in the Orthodox world. She discusses the origins of the movement for Jewish day schools for women, cites examples of opportunities for women to study Bible and commentaries, as well as sometimes halacha (Jewish law) after high school, and outlines the career of the famous female Bible teacher Nechama Leibowitz. The author further discusses recent developments allowing women in Israel to become recognized halachic advisors and rabbinic court advocates, acting as lawyers for marital cases in rabbinic courts. The author discusses future prospects for expansions of opportunity for women to attain positions of religious authority.