Women as Halakhic Professionals: The Role of Yo'atzot Halakha

T. Ganzel, Deena Zimmerman

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    It is now twelve years since the graduation of the first yo''atzot halakhah, women trained to answer questions in the area of Jewish law known as toharat hamishpa?‪ah, which involves the impact of women's menstrual cycles on intimate marital relations.‪ During this time, over 100,000 questions have been answered by the yo''atzot, in person or via a telephone hotline or website.‪ This paper is an initial analysis of a unique data source for their activity: the computerized records of the two websites and the hotline maintained by the yo''atzot halakhah.‪ It represents a preliminary effort to analyze their role, the circumstances of the women using these resources, and the nature of the questions asked.‪ On the basis of the impressions gained from our findings, we will offer a brief discussion of the professional work and influence of the yo''atzot.‪ We hope that this preliminary report will serve as a basis for further halakhic, gender and social research.‪ [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]‪
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)162-171
    Issue number22
    StatePublished - 2011


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