Tuesday, December 08, 2009


From here
[The Bostoner Rebbe] was one of the very first Orthodox Rabbis to be more inclusive of women. He had engineers from MIT design the traditional mechitza (separation) between men and women using one-way glass, so the men could not look at the women while praying, which is forbidden, while offering the women an unobstructed view of the proceedings. He also had the mikvah (ritualarium) designed with two chambers so that in effect, each woman could immerse in fresh water, while technically adhering to the requirement that a mikvah must contain 40 se’ah (24 cubic feet) of rain water. He also ensured that the mikvah was beautifully tiled and had the latest in salon equipment. Also, unlike many fervently Orthodox Rebbis, he counseled both men and women, and never refused to shake a woman’s extended hand.



Blogger Freethinking Upstart said...

can you email me so I have your email?

December 09, 2009 6:56 AM  
Blogger Miri said...

The Bostoner Rebbe was a really cool Rebbe. He married my parents. I think he moved to Israel.

December 10, 2009 2:20 PM  

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