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The NY Times Does It Again
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The NY Times Does It Again

Still misinterpreting a woman's role…

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Published: March 7, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 37

(37) L. Adler, March 14, 2010 8:58 AM

To Washington Woman from Jerusalem Woman

Jewish Law was established by G-d, not man. It's not the duck you think it is with men trying to keep the power and control in their hands. Men and women were created with different natures. The male ego is distinctly different than a female's. So are a woman's intuition and her nurturing instincts different than a man's. G-d assigned roles, not superior or inferior, but different, and gave them natures to match. That is not to say that there aren't any women around with more masculine personalities or more feminine men. But as a group, the differences are obvious. The issue isn't that men are trying to keep themselves in power by oppressing women. Rather, it's that G-d assign roles in order for each individual to fulfill his or her life's task and perfect his or her soul and therefore gives each person the nature and circumstances to achieve it. Individuals, families and society will benefit if each person focuses on excelling in his or her role. If G-d assigned men the more public roles, then it is fair and correct. Women wanting power in the public arena is about ego, not about fulfillment. Being an enabler is not inferior even if it is less public. And its fine for men to thank G-d for being assigned a role with more mitzvot. Judaism does not oppress women. If you accept your nature and your role, you will not feel conflicted by this. This does not reflect upon a woman's leadership abilities or intelligence. There are plenty of opportunities for Jewish women to lead, use their brains maximally and make their mark in ways that don't go against Jewish tradition. Judaism also does not force women to marry and have babies even though it is instinctual for most women to want to do these things. Try out Shabbat in religious homes and experience what that feels like. Most of the women are happy and fulfilled, enjoying far deeper relationships with their husbands and children than is common in our day and age.

(36) Herbert Lazarus, March 13, 2010 9:44 PM

You fail to see the real intent here.

If you follow the news stories in the NY Times at all it should be quite apparent to you that they are very anti-Israel and apparently anti-Semitic as well. They try to hide this by having columns by Tom Friedman etc. but that is just camouflage. Their news stories are almost.universally slanted to make Israel look bad. Muslims are generally thought to treat women as inferiors. The Times is trying to equate Judaism with Islam regarding views of women and show that both are equally intolerant.. The fact that this is not true in the modern world is ignored by them because it serves their agenda. That is the reason they print such nonsense, not because they have not been aware of your explanation, rabbi.

(35) Anonymous, March 12, 2010 1:55 AM

Thank you.

I sent this to NYT.

(34) Anonymous, March 11, 2010 6:50 PM

The prayer when taken out of context as it has could be construed to be derogatory. If taken in context it is an expression of being grateful to Hashem for who you are and what He does for you every second of the day from the time you wake until you sleep. Taking issue with a part of the whole smacks of ingratitude. There is a buildup from being grateful for not being born a gentile. Why not take issue here? After all, for the egalitarians, is this not discriminatory? If you take issue of the difference between men and women why not between Jew and gentile. I choose to see these as affirmations of gratitude and leave those who wish to find fault to wonder what they are actually grateful for.

(33) Josh, March 11, 2010 9:17 AM

need to know what your not in order to appreciate who you are

I think a reason why the bracha had to state 'who did not make me a woman' rather than 'who made me a man' in fact teaches us a profound lesson. In order to appreciate who your are - you have to first acknowledge who you are not. Hashem creates each person differently, with a different set of abilities and talents. In order to embrace what we each have been given, we have to first understand who we are not supposed to be. This way, rather than chasing after an image of ourselves which is just plain wrong, we are able to root out who and what Hashem expects us to become. Therefore, to teach us this principle, we thank Hashem not for who we are, but rather, for who we are not. I think that may be an answer.

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