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 […]

Well, At Least They’ll Make Good Programmers

In honor of C.S. and all the righteous women of Israel (and S.C., who helped1). A provocative, albeit cryptic Yerushalmi: הכל נאמנין על ביעור חמץ אפי’ נשים אפי’ עבדים. ר’ ירמיה בשם ר’ זעירה לית כאן אפי’ נשים. נשים עצמן הן נאמנות מפני שהן עצילות והן בודקות כל שהוא כל שהוא.2 Mainstream halachic tradition interprets […]

From Forensics To Philosophy

In preparation for a lecture I recently gave on halachic perspectives toward the determination of identity and paternity via forensic tissue examination, I reviewed Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg’s famous treatment of several agunah cases resulting from the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center, in which he wholeheartedly endorses the reliance upon D.N.A. […]