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INTERVIEW

Rabbi Ben Dahan, Jewish Home: I’ve Worked Hard on Behalf of Women

"When positions opened, if there was a qualified woman for the job I was inclined to hire her."

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Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan

Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan
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I hope also to work on an array of family issues. To give just one example, at the present time there are different units for women’s affairs and for children’s affairs. I would like to consolidate this into one unit. I think much more could be accomplished for the benefit of children if there were one unit with accountability.

In view of all you’ve said, why have some women’s groups complained that you are against women’s rights?

I think a lot has to do with confusion over terminology, as I explained earlier, such as when I spoke about statistics for agunot. And some things I have said were simply quoted out of context.

If one looks at my record on women’s issues, it shows how hard I’ve worked on behalf of women. During my many years as director general of the batei din I worked with all the women’s groups. And women called me from all over the world at all hours, day and night. I tried to help each one of them and never turned anyone away.

Naomi Klass Mauer

About the Author: Naomi Klass Mauer is associate publisher of The Jewish Press.


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