The parallels are astonishing. For centuries rabbis had been male. In Jewish life, women deserved respect, but it was men who had been the guardians of tradition.
Suddenly women wanted to become rabbis. What was even more confusing is that they did not base their claim just on grounds of equity or human rights but on religious reasons.
They cited women in leadership roles in the Bible, such as Miriam and Deborah. They pointed out that many of the tasks of a minister – such as teaching or tending the sick – were traditionally occupied by women.
For Orthodox synagogues – as with the Catholic church – this was simply not an option.… Seguir leyendo »