RIETS Dinner 5781

Mitzvot Which Seem “Outdated” in General or Unfair to Women

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Feb 25, 2021
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All religious Jews have difficulty with mitzvot which seem to be outdated. How can a thinking Jew identify with a Torah which allows slavery, bigamy or taking enemy women during war? What about decrees like kitniyot on Pesah, which may no longer apply, & the many questions raised by women or feminists regarding the role of women in Judaism, laws of Aguna, divorce, the brachot "Shelo Asani Isha" & "SheAsani KiR,tzono", etc. Rav Kook, one of the most innovative & brave Gedolei HaDor, writes a lot on this issue of "updating", explaining & identifying with the Torah in a totally Orthodox way (on which no one can disagree), to bring the Torah closer to all. [It is the 1st part of the class on "Mitzvot Which Seem Immoral", also highly recommende

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