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Monday, August 07, 2006

THE FLOURISHING OF HIGHER JEWISH LEARNING FOR WOMEN

..there is no doubt that women's Torah study has added to the spiritual quality of Jewish life. Professor Susan Handelman discusses this in an analysis of "Women and the Study of Torah in the Thought of the Lubavitcher Rebbe," in Jewish Legal Writings. Handelman explains that Rabbi Schneerson attributed great importance to the increase in women's Torah study. According to kabbalistic and hassidic understanding, "all the 'feminine' aspects of the world will rise to the highest stature [and] emerge from their concealment" in the era of Redemption. Women's study is one component in creating this new, more spiritual world. Just as the Talmud teaches that Jews were redeemed from Egypt because of righteous women (who took initiative), perhaps it is the new righteous, the deeply learned and committed women of today, who will bring about a more redeemed creation.

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