Mothering and Mitzvot

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein

We often assume that mitzvot are Judaism’s ethics, or that halakhah is Jewish law. But among all the different types of norms out there, are law and ethics really the best frameworks for conceiving of mitzvot and halakhah? In this session, we’ll develop one alternative, based in contemporary feminist ethics of care. Readings will include both feminist theory and classical, Jewish texts, and discussion will focus on the implications of reconceiving the “oughts” of Judaism in this new way. Recorded at the 2018 Rabbinic Yeshiva Intensive.