The Grape Leaves Of Wrath

Our previous post discussed various applications of the idea that מקום הניחו לי אבותי להתגדר בו. One particularly far-reaching and controversial application of the principle is by Rav Avraham Laniado, brother of the Syrian rabbi Rav Refael Shlomo Laniado, in the context of the great eighteenth century controversy among Sephardic authorities over whether there was …

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 …

Is What’s Bad For the Gander Bad For the Goose?

Yael Unterman writes: Those Orthodox synagogues that place the women above the men (and not all do, especially the more modern ones) might well succeed in their goal of removing the women from the men’s line of sight. But women have eyes too, and women can also become distracted by the opposite gender. Why is …