JEWISH WOMEN, AND OUR COMMUNITIES AS A WHOLE, NEED GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF HALACHOT PERTAINING TO WOMEN.
Halacha is a guide for living, rich in nuance and alive to its adherents. It is responsive to religious intuitions and spiritual aspirations. It is much more than a black or white bottom line. Deracheha presents Halacha accurately and respectfully, in a woman’s voice. We explore a range of halachic opinion, leaving room for each reader to find her (or his) place within Halacha.
What purpose do the berachot over keri’at ha-Torah serve, how are they structured, and who can say them? What is the role of the modern ba’al korei? What is the halachic standing of all-women’s readings?
How did keri’at ha-Torah develop? What is the nature of the obligation? Are women obligated to hear it? What would be the implications for the possibility of women reading the Torah?
Must all Jewish women fast on the minor fast days? What if a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding? Postpartum or after pregnancy loss?
Check out this sheet for a greater understanding of the sources related to exemptions from minor fasts.
What is the principle of af hen hayu be-oto ha-nes? When and how does it obligate women in mitzvot?
Check out this sheet for a greater understanding of the sources related to women and the miracles that "they, too, were part of."