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  1. Why not have the dean or whatever the head of this "Sha’arei Mishpat College" is called, give them an exam and a degree of some sort if they pass it. Why the need to involve the Chief Rabbinate? It would seem that involving the Rabbinate is an indication of plans in the (not too distant?) future to demand ordination for women. If these are sincerely frum women who respect Jewish law and tradition this should be a reasonable solution.

    Comment by Perry Mitteldorf — January 16, 2014 @ 9:09 PM

  2. Agree. But given what they are learning, the degree and its title holders should be respected for their knowledge. I is not something trivial.

    Comment by Anthony Kent — January 16, 2014 @ 9:52 PM

  3. There isn't anything in Jewish law that forbids ordination of women.

    Comment by Charlie Hall — January 17, 2014 @ 3:21 AM

  4. The male oriented Rabbinic control is behind the times.

    Comment by Eva Feld — January 17, 2014 @ 3:45 PM

  5. Women should not be Rabbis or Pastors. If you do not believe the Scriptures, feel free to do as you please, but if you believe them to be the Word of God then they are not behind the times since the One who wrote them is eternal and above cultures and sentiment.

    Comment by Ronald Eugene Shultz — January 17, 2014 @ 6:16 PM

  6. Wasn’t Miriam, sister of Moses, a Priestess. Wasn’t Deborah a High Judge with all God given talents to interpret Jewish Law. From my readings, there are plenty of women who held the title. I say, if they pass the tests, & they want to go onto further deeper Rabbinic studies,I am sure that God will bless them. After all, they are dedicating themselves to His work.

    Comment by Nanette — January 18, 2014 @ 3:35 AM

  7. A Rabbi is a teacher of the Jewish law, not a priest, so the tradition of having only men do the job is actually not justified by the Halacha and most definitely not by the Torah. This said, I have no desire to be one ever.

    Comment by Myriam Obadia — January 18, 2014 @ 7:56 PM

  8. who cares want to go to hevan take Jesus in your heart want to be a good Jew stop with all the hate

    Comment by Robert West — January 19, 2014 @ 3:24 AM

  9. Withhold not good from him to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thy hand to do it. [Proverbs 3,27]. They deserve equal formal recognition.

    Comment by Yeshayahu Hollander — January 19, 2014 @ 4:47 PM

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