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Discovering the Feminine Torah

In the Tanach, It’s the Women Who Make the Big Decisions

1 hr 5 min

The Chazon Ish, Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz, center, testing the students in Yeshivat Hasharon, Ramat Hasharon, Israel. To his right sits Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler.

Class Summary:

This women's lecture was presented by Rabbi YY Jacobson on Sunday, 21 Sivan, 5778, June 4, 2018, for Mikvah Israel in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, NY. 


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    Terry -6 years ago

    Discovering the Feminine Torah

    It makes me very sad to hear any Rabbi make a disparaging joke about any group of Jews.  There are more significant differences between us Reform Jews and Mr Trump and I am very proud of that.

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      Gary -6 years ago

      The joke was in a similar vein to one I saw a number of years back, in which the caption under a photo of the Pope meeting with a number of Jewish leaders read - "The Pope is the one wearing the yarmulke !" They are both humorous observations that reflect current realities of the Jewish landscape in America. One simply has to go through periodic releases of Pew Research Center reports about Jews and Judaism to see that the concern about Jewish continuity within the non-orthodox world as reflected in the Rabbi's joke is sadly all too real. If you listened intently to the rest of the video, the Rabbi made a lot of other jokes that were much more biting and incisive in their criticism, mostly having to do with people who think they are behaving religiously but whose actions reveal they just "don't get it." One could say they applied equally as much if not more so to Jews who we would describe as orthodox. And the end of the talk should remove any notion thet the Rabbi's intentions were to disparage anyone.


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      Sholom -6 years ago

      Dear Terry,

      I have noticed your very positive comments on so many of the Rabbi's lectures. I really appreciate your enthusiasm, it's contagious. 

      As a fellow listener of Rabbi Jacobson's great classes, surely we would agree that among many lessons that one learns when listening to these precious lectures, is how he demonstates and teaches us a unique and profound sensitivity to all parts of life, certainly fellow human beings and most certainly fellow brothers and sisters. 

      Another thing that Rabbi Jacobson so aptly demonstrates and uses so well (almost all the time) is the tool of humor.

      You can hear from his lectures what humor can do. Rabbi Jacobson uses it to break down pre-conceived notions and barriers between people and life-issues, to help in creating connections with others. He often also uses it to teach everyone to be able to laugh at oneself and move on in life. Cuz, if one can't laugh at oneself and one takes oneself too seriously as they feel that the joke potentially breaks their bublle they will be get stuck in ruts and not be able to move on. The humor can often enable one to move on past these so-called-ruts/things in life that can pull one down if they mull over it too much. (Humor can also ease tension in relationships).

      Please don't allow the joke, whether it was felt to be in poor taste, or whether it can simply be laughed at and forgotten to distort that which you actually do know about Rabbi Jacobson.

      Needless to say, he has many friends from all backgrounds including reform, conservative, atheist,  you name it.

      In fact, what I think is one of Rabbi Jacobsons biggest skills is his ability to talk about any and every life topic and to talk about it in detail without ever making people feel degraded, or judged that it's political, or making anyone feel inferior. Almost any topic one disucsses almost inevitably leads to streotyping, judging, politics etc.

      This is his gift that we can all learn from.

      Terry, wishing you much success in all that you do, including in spreading your enthusiasm in spreading the light of our holy Torah,

      Your fellow tribesman,




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  • Anonymous -6 years ago

    You mention the 2 Today's, Torah of Emes and Torah of chesed. American law based on English common law which had Courts of (strict) Law and Courts of Equity (whats right  kindness). This continues today where "Chancery" division does what's right even though not strictly law. If you put a business or home in your relative's name and he tries to rip you off saying it's his, in a court of law  (truth) he wins but in a court of equity (what's right, kindness) he loses.
    To this day, family court, probate court dealing with wills, trusts, etc carrying out the wishes of those no longer alive ate all courts of equity/chancery (what's right, kindness). 
    Women didn't believe the miraglim and so didn't die in the midst, but also didn't participate in the cheit ha'egel.

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