Dedicated by Lynn Sykes in Loving Memory of Gene Sykes, devoted husband, father, and uncle
What is the halachic basis for married women’s head-covering? Halachic Basis
What explanations for the mitzva of head-covering emerge from the sources? What other meanings might a woman find in the mitzva? Rationale and Meaning
Who is obligated to cover her head? Head-Covering III: Who
How much of her head or hair does a woman need to cover? Where do the variations in custom come from? Head-Covering IV: How
In what settings does the obligation of head-covering apply? Head-Covering V: Where
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While rabbinic literature envisions women transitioning smoothly from girlhood to marriage, modern women’s lives often take different trajectories. From leaving the nest to dating to establishing a room of her own, what halachot are particularly relevant to a single woman?
Jewish Communal Roles
What does Halacha have to say about the dynamics of the marriage relationship? How do the laws of head-covering, marital intimacy, and even divorce affect a halachically observant couple’s relationship?
In which cases does Halacha promote conception, and when does it allow for contraception? What about women who struggle to conceive? What is the optimal way to recite birkat ha-gomel? From childbirth to nursing, from educating to letting go, what frame of reference does Halacha provide for the Jewish mother?
The Final Passage
Death is a part of life. How does Halacha relate to women in mourning and bereavement, kaddish, inheritance, and preparing for the end of life?