Thursday, September 01, 2011

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Women in their Place


by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

This week is back to school week in Israel, as is next week in the U.S.  As such, it’s not surprising to find the religious Jewish magazines focusing on back to school themes.

Here we find Binah, “the weekly magazine for the Jewish woman”, focusing on a critical topic for our time “Are We Teaching Our Girls Too Much?”

Clearly when I think of problems in religious Jewish education, this is the first thing that comes to mind.  NOT whether my daughters will learn enough secular skills to be able to support or help support their (G-d willing) large families and maybe even Torah learning husbands.  NOT whether they’ll learn enough of a solid religious framework to be able to deal with the increasing pressures of an anti-religious world.  NOT whether they’ll be taught the good midos to be good members of society and their communities.

NOT whether we should be subjecting our daughters to tznius checks with mirrors on the floor to check whether they’re wearing the right color, length, thickness and style of leg coverings (since they’re legs are normally out of sight).

NOT whether their teachers are qualified or capable or our schools sufficient or reasonably equipped, or how we’re going to continue to handle the (thank G-d) wonderful growth of our community that requires increasing money and resources to devote to the increasing population of children.

No no, the major concern is “are we teaching our girls too much?”.

Got it, thanks for the update.  I’ll get right on it.

* Two important notes.

In case the tone was unclear, this article is written with massive SARCASM.

And when I informed my wife, the daughter of Torah scholar and extremely educated Jewish woman – both religiously and secularly, that we were going to have to address this problem in our home, she threatened my life and gender with a large sharp object.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard this argument before:

    Nice shirt!
    What, you hate my pants????

    Talking about one issue is not the same as denying another. You proved that you have an agenda, and that logic need not stand in your way.

    To use your argument I would say that the fact that you chose to write about this article is because there are no other problems in society: NOT whether there is too much Sinas Chinam. NOT whether there are too many tragedies. No no, the major convern is the prospective of Binah Magazine.


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