The Song of the Warrior-Judge

From this week’s parshah: וַתִּקַּח מִרְיָם הַנְּבִיאָה אֲחוֹת אַהֲרֹן, אֶת-הַתֹּף–בְּיָדָהּ; וַתֵּצֶאןָ כָל-הַנָּשִׁים אַחֲרֶיהָ, בְּתֻפִּים וּבִמְחֹלֹת. וַתַּעַן לָהֶם, מִרְיָם: שִׁירוּ לַיקוָק כִּי-גָאֹה גָּאָה, סוּס וְרֹכְבוֹ רָמָה בַיָּם.1 From the haftarah: וַתָּשַׁר דְּבוֹרָה, וּבָרָק בֶּן-אֲבִינֹעַם, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, לֵאמֹר.2 How could Devorah have sung together with Barak, in apparent contravention of the principle of קול באשה ערוה? Rav […]

The Feminine Imagination

We have previously noted various assertions in the Halachic tradition that women’s קלות הדעת is the basis for our rejection of their testimony, and that even in contexts where the normal, full set of criteria for validity as a witness are relaxed, this defect still renders their testimony particularly unreliable, Much of the discussion has […]

The Female Of the Species

In slightly belated honor of Mother’s Day. Several months ago, I read an article in Binah Magazine, on the topic of women getting along with their mothers-in-law. Although I unfortunately no longer have access to the issue, I recall that the thrust of the article was that although the mother-in-law – daughter-in-law relationship is often […]