Friday, July 15, 1983
THE MAGIC MAN
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Women's Rights in Halakha A Rebuttal
In support of her argu- . woman.
Insofar as testimony is
ment, she cites the passive
In her searing polemic role of the woman in the concerned, an observant
against the anti-feminist marriage ritual, the lack of Jewish woman may testify
posture of Orthodox Jewish woman's right to testify in a in a Jewish court of law in
law, Dr. Trude Weiss- Jewish court of law, and the all matters pertaining to
Rosmarin (The Jewish denial of her right to vote or "Issur v'Heter," that is, all
News, June 24), charges run for office in an Orthodox that concerns what is per-
missible and what is forbid-
that, throughout the ages, congregational election.
Most unfortunately, Dr. den as those issues are re-
talmudic-rabbinic law has
inveighed against just and Weiss-Rosmarin's argu- lated to food and personal
equitable rights for women. ment suffers from insuffi- hygiene. Indeed, in every
cient investigation of the case where a single witness
sources. It might seem, at is valid in a Jewish court of
first blush, that the Jewish law, the testimony of an ob-
marriage ritual is per- servant Jewish woman is
formed in its entirety by the equally acceptable.
An example of this is the
prospective groom, but the
Talmud is quick to point out fact that a woman may
that never is a marriage serve as a shochet, a ritual
valid unless it is char- slaughterer. Although this
acterized by the full will and is rare in contemporary
Jewish history, in various
consent of the woman.
We still have a large selection of 83s
Basing its teaching parts of Europe during
upon a passage in World War I, due to the de-
Genesis 24:57, "Let us call arth of male shochtim in
upon the young woman many Jewish communities,
and inquire as to her observant and properly
the Talmud trained women were per-
21710 Woodward Ave.
squarely places the deci- mitted to act as ritual
between 8 & 9 Mile Rds.
sion of the validity of the slaughterers.
Indeed, the talmudic law
marriage upon the
that permits a single wit-
ness to testify is based upon
a passage in the Torah
which makes specific refer-
ence to a woman's tes-
timony (Leviticus 15:28).
assertion that in the Or-
women are barred from
voting or running for
office- is simply not true.
Great Lakes Yacht Club
There are congregations
right here, in Oak park,
invites applications for the 1983
Southfield, and West
Junior Sailing Program.
women fully exercise the
right to vote and run for
public office in Orthodox
Qualified instructors will teach
congregations, and these
are by no means excep-
young sailors 9-17 years old, how to
The overriding concern
sail, how to race, and boat maintenance.
that I have with this tirade
July 26-August 19, Tuesday-Friday, $200 per child
against Orthodoxy is that
that is exactly what it is. Dr.
For further details contact:
Weiss-Rosmarin is outside
of the Orthodox community.
She does not regard herself
as subject to Orthodox
Jewish law; why then —
like the Midianites in the
days of Balak, king of Moab,
in the recent Torah reading
— does she get involved in a
battle that is not hers?
I have yet to hear an Or-
thodox Jewish woman com-
Mon., July 18, Tues., July 19, Wed., July 20, Thurs., July 21, Fri., July 22
plain that Orthodoxy dis-
criminates against women.
Free electronic hearing tests will be given at the Beltone Hearing Aid Centers
It is only the non-Orthodox
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who feel that it is their
will perform the testing. Anyone who has trouble understanding speech or
moral duty to rise up in de-
words is welcome to have a test using our modern electronic equipment to
fense of the voiceless Or-
determine if his loss is one which may be helped. Diagrams showing how the
thodox woman, and demand
ear works and some of the causes of hearing loss will be discussed. Everyone
that she get her equal
should have a hearing test at least once a year if there is any trouble at all
The Orthodox Jewish
hearing conversation clearly. Even people now wearing a hearing aid or those
woman is the queen of
who have been told nothing could be done for them should have a hearing test
her household. She is the
and find' out about the current methods of hearing correction.
focal point of the Jewish
family and the pride of
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her husband and her
AT HOME TESTING AT NO CHARGE OR OBLIGATION
children. There is no
more enviable position
The Free hearing tests will be given only at the Beltone offices listed below.
for any woman in Ameri-
can life than that of the
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Rosmarin is so eager to
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with the words, "A woman
of valor who can find? Her
price is far above rubies."
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