Misc. Issues

Abortion - Yes Or No? - I never thought this would happen to me. I'm pregnant. And now I don't know what to do. I realize this is an important decision – not only for my own emotional well-being, but the heavy moral implications as well... More »
Feminism - I grew up in the era of feminism, and while I am thrilled at the vistas of opportunity it opened up for me and so many others, I have grown somewhat disenchanted after having seen so much negative fall-out: the rise in... More »
Lillith - Someone recently showed me a copy of "Lillith," a Jewish feminist magazine. Is the name Lillith mentioned in the classical Jewish texts? More »
Marital Relations – Mitzvah - What is the Jewish view of intimacy? Is sex just for procreative purposes, or is it all right to have relations with one's spouse for recreation and intimacy? More »
Prenatal Testing - I am 19 weeks pregnant and just received results from an amniocentesis test that the fetus has Downs Syndrome and is mentally retarded. I would like to abort the fetus. What is the Jewish law on aborting in this... More »
Repeating Havdalah for Others - We have several older neighbors in our building who ask me to make Havdalah for them. I try to have them come to us in time for Havdalah, but that doesn’t always work. If I’ve said Havdalah already, can I repeat it for... More »
What's A Balabostah? - I recently became married, and in setting up my first home, my elderly grandmother keeps referring to me as a "balabostah." Is that a compliment? Exactly what is a "balabostah"? More »
Women in the Chanukah Story - In the Chanukah story, did the women have any part of the fighting? What was their role? More »
Women Making Havdalah - I am a single woman and I usually try to hear Havdalah on Saturday night at the synagogue. But sometimes I don’t feel like going out. So when I say Havdalah by myself, should I say all the blessings as usual? ... More »

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