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From birth to bat mitzva, how does Halacha shape girls’ lives?
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
Rabbanit or rebbetzin? Rabbinical court advocate? Teacher? Yoetzet Halacha? Kashrut supervisor? What are the halachic implications and standing of different communal roles for women?
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? 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, and preparing for the end of life?