Who is better? Men or women?
Part I in a series of articles explaining the role of the bodeket in keeping the complex laws of Taharas Hamishpacha.
When we consider the effects of our dress and behavior on others, we develop a sensitivity to the nuances of the male-female dynamic, making our marital relationship all the more powerful and holy.
G-d is an unabashed romantic.
Enjoy this entertaining video on the wonderful mitzvah of making Challah.
I once gave a brachah to a friend that she should be married for so long that all of the handles should fall off of her pots and pans.
Does one ever 'lose' a mother? Does she remain with you forever?
Hashem gave woman a beautiful gift. He gave her three very special mitzvoth characterized by the acronym CHANA Challah, Nidah and Hadlakat Neirot. Rearrange the letters and the word forms HACHEN meaning grace, a state achieved by the woman who takes upon herself the performance of these three beautiful and crucial mitzvoth.
Are men and women created the same? What is the Torah view?
A staple of Jewish life is modesty. In the way we walk down the street, in the way we interact with others, and in the way we dress.
A few years ago, my family and I spent our summer vacation up north in Tzfat, leaving our home in Central Israel for a few days.
The Three Mitzvot of the Woman are special, holy and spiritual, transcending everyday life
I have often heard it said that Judaism believes that women are more spiritual than men. This is supposed to explain why men have more religious obligations than women - men need these things to become closer to G-d, women are there already. But do we really believe that?
Modesty can only enhance any intimate relationship and bring a couple ever closer in true love and respect for one another.
Mama, she tests the word gingerly on her lips,
Touches her tummy tenderly, with her fingertips.
As she feels that first flutter just beneath her heart,
I admit it. Lots of my friends think theres something wrong with me. They know I love to eat, I love to eat great food, and Im happiest when Im eating.
Last week in Shul (Synagogue), I listened to the Torah Reading.
At its' conclusion, before the Torah Scroll was rolled...
She asked if I wanted volunteers to help with my special needs child. I said that would be great. She said she has two girls offering to volunteer on Sundays. I said Shabbos would be much better for us.
"Sacrifice" is not a word one hears very often these days. It seems to pretty much have fallen out of our lexicon. It has a negative ring to it, like giving up something precious or losing out on something big. Nobody is getting in line to be the "sacrificial lamb." It simply has a bad vibe to the modern ear.
Your daughter seems to be losing too much weight lately. She has become more finicky about food and hardly eats in your presence.
Why does Judaism command women to keep their bodies covered? Is there something shameful or evil about a woman's body? Why should a woman have to hide herself just so others shouldn't be tempted?
There are three mitzvaot that are especially sacred to the Jewish woman.
These are: Shabbat Candles, Lighting, Challah, and Taharat Hamishpacha (Family Sanctity).
Even in this day and age, most women graciously accept the traditional "ladies first" rule, whether it's getting off a sinking ship or going through a ballroom doorway.
Both man and woman are obliged to fulfill G-d's mitzvos (precepts). The man is obligated to perform all 613 commandments.
Do women occupy a position in Judaism inferior to men? Does Torah and the lifestyle it mandates discriminate against women?
I heard an anthropologist talking about shaitels (wigs). He said how ironic it is that observant Jewish women wear wigs. In biblical Judaism, the rule was that married women should cover their hair in order to be modest and unattractive.