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Shmita Yisraelit

Shmita Israelit Guide Available

If you are interested in making the upcoming shmita year in Israeli more meaningful – beyond “struggling” with the basic halachot of the year, be sure to check out Shmita Israelit (Hebrew) which we just uploaded to our web site. There are lots of interesting ideas and inspiring articles.   Please let us know what […]

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Handcuffed Woman

“Agunah Day” on Ta’anit Esther

The following is an explanation of the connection between Agunah Day and Ta’anit Esther, authored by Dr. Rachel Levmore, which accompanied proposed legislation to mark “Agunah Day” in the Israeli Knesset, presented by ICAR (International Coalition for Agunah Rights). Awareness of the woman known as the agunah has existed for thousands of years. She is […]

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Meaningful Service for Women

Highlights of Beit Hillel Conference on Meaningful Service for Women

We previously reported on the Beit Hillel Conference on Meaningful Service for Women. The goal of the conference was to discuss the various options available for female Israeli high-school graduates to serve their country, either through national service or enlisting in the army. The pros, cons, and issues of each the options were also discussed […]

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Womens Megillah Reading 2014

Women Reading Megillat Esther For Women

In recent years, the practice of Women reading Megillat Esther for women has spread throughout Israel. Many women feel that participating in such a beautiful and special reading strengthens their partnership in serving God. Last year we issued a Psak Halacha that summarizes the considerations and takes a position on this important issue. You are […]

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Rachel Tevet-Wiesel

Beit Hillel Conference on Meaningful Service for Women

Dozens of rabbis and rabbaniyot from Beit Hillel gathered last Thursday for a special seminar that dealt with the issue of meaningful and significant service for religious girls. The seminar, which took place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was also attended by Brigadier General Rachel Tevet-Wiesel, the Women’s Affairs Advisor to the Chief of […]

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Handcuffed Woman

Model Rabbinic Leadership – In Uruguay

An opinion piece in yesterday’s Jerusalem Post provided additional details about a story we reported on about two weeks ago. In the small Jewish community of Uruguay, where there are an estimated 10,000 Jews, there has been an increasing problem of agunot – “chained women” who cannot remarry under Jewish Law because their husbands refuse […]

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Survey of Religious Zionism – Comprehensive and First of its Kind

This week, we are launching a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind survey examining the sociological and ideological composition of contemporary Religious Zionism. The survey will be administered by the Strativity Group from the U.S., whose clients include The New York Times, Mercedes, and Walmart. The survey is being conducted online, in order to allow Jews all over the […]

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Beit Hillel English Torah Journal #3 Available for Download

We are proud to announce that we have just published our third Beit Hillel English Torah Journal! The journal contains scholarly articles on halachic, hashkafic, and public policy issues, contributed by Beit Hillel members and the Bati Midrash. Included in this issue are the following articles: We are in the process of printing copies of […]

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Religious Female Soldiers Learning Midreshet Lindenbaum

Responding to the Call For Religious Women Not to Serve in the Army

The Jerusalem Post reported on the renewed call from the Chief Rabbinate and Rabbi Eliyahu against religious women serving in Israeli army. The article also quoted one dissenting voice – that of Beit Hillel: The war being waged by rabbis against the increasing number of religious girls enlisting simply reduces their relevance to the girls. […]

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Rabbanit Michal Tikochinsky

Women Learning Talmud

Women’s Talmud study has long become a part of our lives, a “non-issue.” What began two decades ago in only small, select circles has become a widespread phenomenon in only half a generation. This development is multifaceted. There has been a boom in numbers – the quantity of women who are exposed today to basic […]

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