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  • Irshai
    Ronit
    "Toward Building a Gender-Critical Approach to the Philosophy of Halakhah (Jewish Law)",
    Irshai
    Ronit
    , 2008 .
    Synopsis:

    Ronit Irshai, professor of Gender Studies and Jewish Law (Bar Ilan University), analyzes the relationship between feminism and the supposed ‘male’ process of Jewish law-making and interpretation known as halakhah.  She argues “that power is held not only by the halakhic authorities (posekim) who head their communities but also by the very communities that participate in interpreting the texts through the lives they live in light of the texts’ various meanings” (p. 64). The author thus details how halakhah can be revised and renewed (while keeping halakhic tools, mechanisms, and procedures) in light of feminist values. 

  • Udel-Lambert
    Miriam
    "Old Texts through New Eyes",
    Udel-Lambert
    Miriam
    , 2007 .
    Synopsis:

    When an individual approaches a text, there are two entities to be considered. There is an ancient text that needs to be read with integrity and there is the individual, who brings his/her own set of values and ideas to the table. This session will explore the relationship and conflict between these two entities. As Orthodox Jewish women continue to access advanced Torah study in unprecedented numbers, some serious philosophical difficulties are necessarily confronted as difficult texts are encountered. Surveying a few representative passages, this session will attempt to engage the difficulties honestly. We will pinpoint some of the challenges that we meet reading as women and as moderns and then will attempt to arrive at constructive responses.