Room Of One’s Own

Our previous post discussed a dispute between Rav Shlomo Yehudah Tabak and the Satmar Rav (among others) over the problem of the female gaze in general and the design of synagogue women’s sections in particular. We cited R. Tabak’s invocation of the principle of מקום הניחו לי אבותי להתגדר בו in defense of his advocacy […]

The Siren Song of the Siren

R. Natan Slifkin writes: In my younger years, when I was a charedi yeshivah student, I would not stand silently during the sirens on Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron. After all, I reckoned, those are non-Jewish, meaningless customs. Instead, I would recite Tehillim, the traditional Jewish way of memorializing the deceased, which I was taught […]

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 […]