- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Reader: It would be greatly appreciated if you would
place a section for women which would include different assorted
sub-topics on women but would include something against feminists.
Although this may not be a huge problem in the orthodox community
many women do have a problem with the way Rabbi's spoke about
women so if you could please disprove that and show how good
it is to be a women so that women out there should not become
feminists and understand what their job is with clarity. Thank
- Mesora: I appreciate
your concern with this matter. If anyone, including rabbis, are
speaking in a belittling light with concern to women, let them
read the last chapter of Proverbs, where King Solomon praises
the virtues of a good woman. I know that in certain communities
a woman is looked upon as "less important" or in a
lower status then men. This is simply "sinas chinam"
in a more widespread and unfortunately, a more acceptable form.
Degrading anyone, especially one not having offended another,
is clearly the mark of an insecure human being.
- Was not Avraham told by Hashem to listen to his wife Sarah
regarding sending Ishmael out of the house? She is said to have
been a higher level prophetess than Avraham.
- Perhaps men err by thinking, "men have more mitzvos,
so we are more important". Having more mitzvos does not
mean women cannot choose to follow all that men follow. It simply
means that women have no obligation, but they can derive
equal perfection by following the mitzvos as men do.
- Of course there are areas where the Rabbis limited womens'
involvement, such as reading from the Torah. But this in no way
means that a woman is inferior. As Rabbi Mann stated, the Gemara
says that initially women were permitted to read from the Torah.
The Rabbis however saw that man's honor would be removed had
women continue to read. This Rabbi Mann explained means that
it would show men as incapable if women fulfilled man's
role as the perpetuator of Torah. So to keep man's honor intact,
the Rabbis prohibited women from reading the Torah. In reality,
it is not a diminution of women's honor which the Rabbis enacted,
but just the opposite, it was to protect man from losing his.
- Kindness commanded by the Torah is to be shown to all of
mankind, including women.
- How can one degrade the very cause of his own existence?
His two parents.
- Let one think about the Torah's hashkafa (philosophy) regarding
equal respect to both genders, before he decides to follow his