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May 19, 1989 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-05-19

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ritual impurity during
menstruation would affect
her as a rabbi.
Greenberg argued a woman
rabbi would not transmit
ritual impurity to the Torah,
or to a place, or to her pulpit,
or to other Jews simply by be-
ing on a bimah.
She said the impact of the
mechitza — the physical bar-
rier separating the sexes in
the Orthodox synagogue —
and the differences between
men and women in liturgical
obligations are much more
powerful within the
synagogue world than they
are in the world of Torah
study.
Greenberg said there is "a
revolution of small signs" of
acceptance of women by the
Orthodox community of
women, a movement in which
the role of women is
"undergoing redefinition!"
She cited as examples the
teaching of Torah by a woman

to members of a minyan at a
shiva mourning period;
women saying Kaddish "and
not being pilloried" for doing
so; the acceptance of Bat
Mitzvahs by the Orthodox
community; and the growth
of women's prayer groups.
Greenberg pointed out that
the recitation of Torah to a
shiva minyan is a role
previously filled only by men.
She said that while no Or-
thodox seminary will accept a
woman for ordination, it is
also true that no woman has
ever applied.
Greenberg said women
becoming Orthodox rabbis
"will come about when there
is a critical mass of women in
the Orthodox community who
want to be rabbis," and she
said the number of such Or-
thodox women is certain to
grow. ❑

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Canada Offers Help
Supervising Elections

Montreal (JTA) —Should
the government of Israel ask
for assistance, Canada is
ready to help Israel supervise
eventual elections in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip, Exter-
nal Affairs Minister Joe
Clark told members of the
House of Commons Foreign
Affairs Committee last week.
Clark also suggested that
the Palestine Liberation
Organization has a long way
to go to assure Israel of its
good intentions.
"The Palestinian movement
first must take steps to
dissipate the anxieties of the
Israelis," Clark said.
What PLO leader Yassir
Arafat told French President
Francois Mitterrand in Paris
two weeks ago "is not enough
to convince the Israelis of the
PLO's sincerity, because he
expressed his personal view
and not that of the whole, en-
tire Palestinian movement,"
Clark said.
He was referring, among
other things, to Arafat's state-
ment that the 1964 Palestine
National Covenant, which
calls for the destruction of
Israel, is "null and void."
Clark, who in March
authorized Canadian
diplomats to meet with PLO
representatives, also stressed
that "Canada must en-
courage those elements
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PLO, because if they fail in
their efforts, the radicals will
take over, and we don't like
them."
But he was sharply criticiz-
ed by Jewish deputies on the
committee, representing the
opposition Liberal Party, for
initiating talks with the PLO
in the first place.
Among them were Sheila
Finestone and David Berger,
representing Montreal consti-
tuencies, and Robert Kaplan
of Toronto.

Israeli Index
Rises Suddenly

Tel Aviv (JTA) — A sharp,
unexpected 2.6 percent hike
in the cost-of-living index for
April came as an unpleasant
surprise to Treasury officials
when it was announced this
week.
They hastened to blame
seasonal factors, not economic
measures taken by the
government.
The figures, reported by the
Central Bureau of Statistics,
were well above the less than
2 percent rise anticipated for
the month. Inflation is now
running at an annual rate of
9.4 percent.
The single-digit rate pro-
mised by the Finance
Ministry may be impossible
to maintain.

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