Being Dismayed At the Signs Of Heaven

NASA declares: Eclipse Misconceptions Humans have watched eclipses since before the dawn of written history, and during this long span of time our scientific understanding of the physical world has grown enormously. As a consequence, many of the older ideas we had about the causes and effects of total solar eclipses have been replaced by […]

Women Behind the Wheel III: Have They Come A Long Way?

Our previous post discussed the opposing stances of Rav Shmuel Wosner and Rav Binyamin Zilber on the propriety of women driving; this one surveys the views of numerous other contemporary authorities. Rav Avraham Yosef R. Avraham Yosef was widely reported as having declared that it is generally inappropriate for a woman to drive, “especially in […]

Women Behind the Wheel II: The Hardliners and Their Discontents

This post is dedicated to the merit of certain people – may Hashem help them do well! Our previous post discussed women riders and drivers in the context of rental animals and vehicles; this post considers the propriety of women driving in general. A recent C-SPAN Q&A: Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist Manal Al-Sharif talks […]