There is no connection between the time of Nidda, which has to do with a woman's relations with her husband, and putting on tefillin. The Jewish Press should check readers for ignorance before letting them leave comments here.
Adam, it is a stupid argument. So, what about women who have reached menopause?
You might want to read about Rashi and his daughters. He fashioned Tefillin for them to wear and had them don a Tallit.
Comment by Robbie Goldstein — January 22, 2014 @ 3:57 PM
TEL AVIV – Thousands of women are being smuggled into Israel, creating a booming sex trade industry that rakes more than USD one billion a year, a parliamentary committee said on Wednesday.
The Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, headed by Knesset member Zehava Galon of the left-wing Yahad party, commissioned the report in an effort to combat the sex trade in Israel. Findings showed that some 3,000 and 5,000 women are smuggled to Israel annually and sold into the prostitution industry, where they are constantly subjected to violence and abuse.
The report, issued annually, said some 10,000 such women currently reside in about 300 to 400 brothels throughout the country. They are traded for about USD 8,000 – USD 10,000, the committee said.
Rivka was giving Yaakov what was rightfully his. She saw it but because of Yitzak's love for Esau he was blinded and then she had to take an opportune moment years later after God had changed Yaakov's heart to put it into motion. Sometimes putting in place what God has ordained is challenging.
Comment by Caz MaxwellSolman-Repton — January 22, 2014 @ 5:44 PM
Men and woman are not just gender different but also have different (but contributory equal) spiritual energy and potential. We all have a job that relates to physical and spiritual worlds. We need the rectification of these energies equally. That requires a program (of Torah) suited to bringing about the appropriate rectification of these energies. If a person has exhausted, completed and rectified ALL of his or her then we should discuss taking on 'more- other'. Until then, i suggest working on what we were given …first.
LET'S NOT FORGET THE HALACHIC PRINCIPLE;
'DO NOT CREATE A MACHLOKAS (controversy)' .
WE OUGHT BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS WITH MAKING DECISIONS ON HALACHIC GUIDLINES. THERE ARE VERY REAL AND DEEP REASONS BEYOND PSHAT (THE SUPERFICIAL UNDERSTANDINGS) WHY THERE EXISTS DIFFERENT MITZAHS FOR MEN AND WOMEN. UPON DEEPER INSPECTIONS THESE REASONS BECOME CLEAR IN THE SAME WAY THERE EXISTS A WRITTEN TORAH AND AND AN ORAL TORAH.
writenut – The Torah encourages individual freedoms and individual choice. Even regarding tefillin, the most the sages have said is that men receive a higher reward than women for putting on tefillin, because they are commanded to wear them while women volunteer to do the same. No one has to exhaust all the mitzvot before the pick up a mitzvah they want to keep. Your statement has no concrete validity. In fact, we need more Jews doing miztvot that entice them, within the halachic boundaries. But I have news for you — each one of us gets to decide his or her boundaries.
This is just feminist nonsense that belittles women's real and important role in this world. Each one has his mitzvoth. People who want to do the others mitzvoth are misguided and usually not even fulfilling their own obligations.
When my son was stationed in Iraq, I decided to pray wearing tefillin. This made me feel that my prayers were stronger. I did this in my walkin closet so that no one would see me …. It was between me and the Almighty only . My son made it home from Iraq fine although he was in danger frequently. So perhaps it helped … I'd like to think it did
"It would have been much easier if religious women all decided to become deeply versed with Jewish law, and started pushing for a more equal, or at least a more prestigious role in the life of their religious communities." That's actually pretty funny. Because the truth is, those of us who have thought to *bother* to ask the many religious women who are deeply versed in Jewish law are the ones who end up becoming religious ourselves. It's when we ask these women that we find out what nonsense this whole controversy is; tefillin aren't worn for the purpose of heightened spirituality. They're worn as a reminder to perform one's duties. No other reason. Religious women deeply versed in Jewish law know that to tell women we even need this is an insult to us! I think it's high time that people woke up and realize that it doesn't take doing what men do in order for women to be considered "equal". It takes understanding that what women do already is just as good as what men do. Only then will we have real equality. Until then we have nothing but a game of charades.
Comment by Daniela Esthetician — January 23, 2014 @ 2:46 AM
the fat will really be in the fire when the administration at Central HS, a subsidiary of YU, are forced to respond to the issue.
We women and Jews in general have so many great mitzvos. We should focus on what we have. For example, lighting Shabbos candles with a blessing, doing chesed for others, being modest so our inner beauty shines through, going to the mikva when married, and raising the next generation. Teffillin is a very nice mitzvah, but it's like doing an assignment that the teacher didn't ask you to do and he says, "That's nice, but I asked you to do something else." Let's work on improving our prayer in general and add kavanah and passion to it. That alone can be powerful
I think that this story is getting way more attention then it deserves. A handful of girls in a few very Modern Orthodox High Schools expressed an interest in wearing Tefilin- this is hardly a trend as the majority of religious women understand the wonderful and highly spiritual role they already hold in Judaism.
Most religious women do not feel the need to wear tefilin to connect to G-d. Those who feel the need should do so- without all the hupla and media attention, as this causes divisiveness within the Jewish people which totally negates their desire to create a higher spiritual connection to G-d.
The premise of the author's opposition to Women of the Wall is flawed. He claims that Women of the Wall are "attacking Halacha". Nothing could be further from the truth! Women of the Wall are deeply committed to Jewish law and firmly respect tradition. Our women's only prayer service in the women's section at the Kotel is run according to Jewish law and custom. Furthermore, Women of the Wall aims to improve the rights of women in this most public of public spaces using the tools of Democracy and social action.
לע"ד תפסיקו להתייחס אליהן. הן תוקפות למען המתקפה, אין להן שום מטרה אחרת. רוב ההתקפות לשהן פשוט שקר. לא כדאי לדבר עם שקרניות.
Comment by Rabbi Alona Lisitsa — January 24, 2014 @ 7:25 AM
His issue is that WOW is "bad" in wearing tefillin – because they don't have permission of the administrator of the Kotel – ignoring that the courts approved and that most Jews reject the notion that the Kotel is a Haredi synagogue.
Comment by Iris Richman — January 24, 2014 @ 1:57 PM