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Rahel Berkovits

Rahel Berkovits teaches Mishnah, Talmud and Halakhah at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She received her B.A. in Religion from Barnard College and studied for many years at Midreshet Lindenbaum and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She is currently working towards an M.A. in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University. Rahel writes and lectures on women’s participation in traditional Jewish ritual.

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Maimonides

Rabbi Moses ben Maimon (Moses ben Maimon (Rambam), b. Spain, 1138Rambam) was born in Cordova, Spain in 1138 and died in Fostat (old Cairo), Egypt in 1204. During his lifetime he traveled with his family from Spain to Fez, Morocco, where he studied medicine and practiced as a physician, and from there to The Land of IsraelErez Israel, finally settling in Egypt, where he became the leader of the community. Maimonides’s vast legal and philosophical writings touch on many topics related to women and their status. Some of his restrictive and negative attitudes seem deeply influenced by the surrounding Muslim culture and women’s socio-economic status within that society. However, his strong philosophical rationalist belief system enabled him also to see women as beings with spiritual potential and at times motivated him to defend and improve their legal rights.

Nahat Ruah Le-Nashim (Women's Spiritual Satisfaction)

Jewish law presents this concept as the legal basis for granting women the option to perform commandments from which they are exempt, thereby bringing them spiritual satisfaction.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rahel Berkovits." (Viewed on December 10, 2019) <https://qa.jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/berkovits-rahel>.

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