Egalitarian Prayer: A Halakhic Exploration

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Few topics in Jewish ritual life are as emotionally laden and communally challenging as that of gender egalitarian prayer. In this course, we'll trace the halakhic history around three specific topics: 

  1. Is there a gender gap in the obligation to pray daily? 
  2. What are the requirements for a person to lead communal prayer, and how, if at all, do they intersect with gender?
  3. What are the requirements for counting toward a minyan, and are they gendered?

Faculty Bio

Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

R. Micha’el Rosenberg is a member of the Hadar faculty. He holds rabbinic ordination both from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from his teacher, R. Elisha Ancselovits, and has a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Signs of Virginity: Testing Virgins and Making Men in Late Antiquity (2018), and, with Rabbi Ethan Tucker, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).

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Egalitarian Prayer

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