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From Mechitza to the Marriage Canopy - Gender Roles in Judaism

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 • 5 Shevat 5778 - 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Sunday, January 14, 2018 • 27 Tevet 5778 - 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

The roles and responsibilities of men and women in Judaism are often discussed. Is there gender equality? Is there a difference between separate and equal? Some commandments are exclusively for one gender or the other – why? If one is exempt from a mitzvah, is that a prohibition? On Sunday, January 14 and 21 Rabbi Ari Dembitzer will explore gender roles. “There has always been discussion and unfortunately, misunderstanding, about gender roles in Judaism," says Rabbi Ari. "This class will explain how Torah defines the roles of men and women in real life scenarios such as the Jewish wedding, in services, and everyday life. No doubt there will be many questions and some great discussion during the sessions.” After an overview on gender roles, Rabbi Ari will focus on three specific areas – the mechitzah, the mikvah, and the Jewish wedding. Why a mechitzah? What makes a mechitzah so important? What is the purpose of a mikvah? Do both women and men use a mikvah? What makes a Jewish wedding unique? What is the role of the ketubah? What is marriage according to the Torah? These are just a few of the questions that will be discussed.

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