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GENDER ISSUES IN JEWISH LAW

Essays and Responsa

2001 - ISBN 1-57181-239-3

Contents

                                            Innovation and Authority: A feminist Reading of the "Women’s Minyan" Responsum - RachelAdler ......3

                                                     Gender Issue in Jewish Divorce - John D. Rayner .....................................................................................33

                                                    Gender, Halakhah, and Women’s Suffrage: Responsa of the First Three Chief Rabbis on the

                                                    Public Role of Women in the Jewish State - David Ellenson and Michael Rosen .......................................58

                                                   Custom Drives Jewish Law on Women - Elliot N. Dorff ................................................................................82

                                                  Halakhah, Minhag, and Gender - Richard Rosenthal ..................................................................................107

                                                  Women in Reform Judaism: Facing or Avoiding the Issues - Walter Jacob.....................................................130

                                                  Progressive Halakhah and Homosexual Marriage - Moshe Zemer ..............................................................151

                                                  Reform Judaism and Same Sex Marriage: A Halakhic Inquiry - Peter S. Knobel ..........................................169

Selected Reform Responsa

                                              Reform Judaism and Divorce ...........................................................................................................................187

                                              A Reform Get ..................................................................................................................................................191

                                             Agunot .............................................................................................................................................................195

                                           Ordination of Women .........................................................................................................................................198

                                          Women Wearing a Talit .......................................................................................................................................219

                                          Marriage after a Sex-Change Operation ..............................................................................................................222

                                         Homosexual Convert ...........................................................................................................................................226

                                        Lesbians and Their Children ..................................................................................................................................228

Contributors

Rachel Adler is Joint Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Gender at the School of Religion, University of Southern California and the Rabbinical School, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles. She is the author of Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics (1998) which won the 1999 National Jewish Book Award in Jewish thought. She is the author of numerous articles.

Elliot N. Dorff is Rector and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Committee on Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative) since 1985 and currently serves as Vice Chair. He is the author of A Living Tree, the Roots and Growth of Jewish Law (1988) along with numerous other studies.

David Ellenson is President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and I. H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, California on whose faculty he has been since 1979. He is the author of numerous essays on Jewish thought and has contributed to a multi-volume commentary on the prayer book. His books include Tradition in Transition (1989), Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer and the Creation of a Modern Jewish Orthodoxy (1990), Between Tradition and Culture: The Dialectics of Modern Jewish Religion and Identity (1994) After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity (2004), Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice (2007).

Solomon B. Freehof (1893-1990) was Rabbi of the Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the World Union for Progressive Judaism; Chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Author of eight volumes of responsa including Today's Reform Responsa (1990), as well as Reform Jewish Practice (1947, 1952), The Responsa Literature (1955), A Treasury of Responsa (1963) and fifteen other books.

Walter Jacob is President of the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin/Potsdam; Senior Scholar of Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; President of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah and the Associated American Jewish Museums. Author, editor, or translator of thirty-six books including Christianity through Jewish Eyes (1974), American Reform Responsa (1983), The Pittsburgh Platform in Retrospect (1985), Liberal Judaism and Halakhah (1988), The Second Book of the Bible: Exodus Interpreted by Benno Jacob (1992), Die Exegese hat das erste Wort (2002), Pursuing Peace Across the Alleghenies (2005), Hesed and Tzedakah - From the Bible to Modernity (2006).

Peter Knobel is President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, rabbi of Beth Emet, Evanston, Illinois. He is chair of the Liturgy Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and past president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He is the author of papers on assisted suicide, homosexuality, and spirituality among other subjects; he is editor of Gates of the Season (1983), Duties of the Soul: The Role of Commandments in Liberal Judaism (1999), and the new American Reform prayer book.

Jacob Z. Lauterbach (1873-1942) was Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati. Chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Editor of Mekhita deRav Ishmael (1933-49); contributor of the Jewish Encyclopedia.

John Rayner was Lecturer in Liturgy and Codes at the Leo Baeck College, London; rabbi emeritus of the Liberal Synagogue in London. He is the author of Understanding Judaism (1996), A Jewish Understanding of the World (1997), Jewish Religious Law: A Progressive Perspective (1999), and many essays.

Michael Rosen is a businessman involved in technology and the financial markets. He is president of T1Xpert.com, a company developing financial service systems for the financial industry. He has an M.A. in Religious Studies, is married to Rabbi Karen L. Fox.

Richard Rosenthal (1929-1998) was rabbi in Tacoma, Washington for forty one years and combined his rabbinate with teaching at the University of Puget Sound, civic activities and a regular newspaper column. Past president of the Pacific Rabbinic Conference, he published a number of essays on minhag

Moshe Zemer is Director of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah. He is a founder of the Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel and founding rabbi of the Kedem Synagogue-Bet Daniel, Tel Aviv. He is Av Bet Din of the Israel Council of Progressive Rabbis and Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic at Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem. He has also contributed numerous articles on halakhah in the Israeli press and scientific journals. He is author of The Sane Halakhah (1993).

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