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It’s not about the extra mitzvot: Mansplaining the Morning Blessings

In Orthodox prayerbooks, a traditional daily morning blessing specifically thanks God for “not making me woman.” It is a part of a trio of prayers expressing gratitude for what we are not. The other two members of the trio are thanking … Continue reading

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An Orthodox-Friendly, Egalitarian Bencher: Something Old, Something Very New

I am delighted that the TORCH of JOFA  (Jewish Orthodox Feminist alliance) published my post on the new Orthodox-friendly Egalitarian bencher. My points are that while egalitarian benchers are not new (see my list in the article) and this one is not … Continue reading

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Judith Kaplan Eisenstein’s Own Reconstructionism: a brief exegesis on “Hannuka O Hannuka”

This post is inspired by comments from my Dad. While Judith Kaplan Eisenstein will always be most famous for having the first Bat Mitzvah in 1922, she was an accomplished scholar in her own right as a Jewish musicologist and … Continue reading

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RBT davens at a Partnership minyan

The mechitza section of this is crossposted to The Sisterhood As a rule, my husband and I don’t pray in non-egalitarian minyanim (or at least in ones that don’t count women in a minyan), so while I have been following … Continue reading

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How the Reconstructionist Rabbis of My Youth Ruined (Other) Shuls for Me. Part 1: Liturgy

This series of posts is dedicated to the Reconstructionist rabbis who served or visited the then small, now large, Congregation Darchei Noam of Toronto of my youth (Rabbis Joy Levitt, Allan Lehmann, Richard Hirsh, David Teucsh, Barry Blum, Deborah Brin, Larry Pinsker and several … Continue reading

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Egalitarian. You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means…

Crossposted at Jewschool Has feminism run its course in Jewish liturgy and ritual practice? Jay Michaelson (Rethinking Egalitarianism:Are We Leveling the Playing Field Too Low?, Forward, Nov. 5, 2010) described how young Jews, who grew up in progressive shuls, when … Continue reading

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