“Go home, put your curlers in, and we’ll get a fresh start tomorrow.”
— Don Draper to Peggy Olson, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
The RCA says no to women rabbis: Here's the official resolution:
We cannot accept either the ordination of women or the recognition of women as members of the Orthodox rabbinate, regardless of the title.Only - uh oh - the jokes on them, because in the real world, the one in which real Orthodox Jewish men and women live, there are already plenty of Orthodoox Jewish women doing everything a typical Orthodox Rabbi does. They:
- Give speeches about halacha and hashkafa
- Teach Torah
- Inspire students
- Answer questions
- Take questions they can't answer to more knowledgeable people
- Mediate disputes
- Counsel adults, teenagers and children
- Confort the bereaved
- Share in celebrations and milestones
So if Orthodox women are already competently doing everything the typical Orthodox rabbi does, why is the RCA denying them the niceties of a title? It can't be about denying them respect and better salaries can it? It doesn't boil down to chauvinism does it?
I sure hope not.
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