The ultra-orthodox control would slowly begin to fade. This could be extremely terrifying for a group that has been known to cast other forms of Judaism as invalid. For ultra-orthodox Jews, it would mean individuals who are not really Jewish would have control in Jerusalem. The topic of women praying at the Western Wall has been an ongoing debate not only among ultra-orthodox Jews and feminists, but now the Women of the Wall (WOW) are becoming divided on the issue of where to pray at the wall. It is at this moment in the group’s history that they are the most divided.
Even though religion is on a decline within Western society, Reform Judaism has grown to be the biggest denomination of American Jews today. That’s not to say that Orthodox Judaism isn’t growing, because it is. However, Reform Jewish Women’s participation has really grown to be tremendously significant within the movement and beyond, both in and outside of the congregational sphere. The Reform idea of allowing women to have equal opportunities in all aspects of Jewish and secular life has had a positive impact on the community as a whole. Before delving in to the incredible impact that Reform Jewish women have had on their local and global communities, it is crucial to explore who Reform Jewish women are.
Recently, within the past few decades, the role of women in Judaism has dramatically improved. The rippling effect of the Women’s Rights Movement empowered Jewish women to push for widespread reform of Judaic law. Since Biblical times, women in general were held to an inferior level compared to men, and this was no different for Jewish women. However, big strides have been made within the past century to elevate the status of the Jewish woman in the public sphere as well in the privacy of their homes. The depreciation of women and their overall inferior position in society can be attributed to the androcentric interpretations of the Hebrew Bible, especially the story of Adam and Eve.
There are very few who have achieved their dreams, but have lost respect in the society. In addition, Religion makes a great deal of difference in the lives of women too. The religion of Judaism relates to Islam because their culture and religion go hand in hand. This story relates to my struggle being a woman in such society. I belong from a community in Islam, where I have a different set of rules to follow because I am a woman and there are certain that I cannot do, it is off-limits.
Judaism – The Role of Women If there are differences among various different cultures, it’s the way they portray women. For example, the overall role of women in our society is mainly two different things – to clean the house, take care of the kids, and to be used as a ‘sex tool’. In other cultures, such as Judaism, women are viewed as more spiritual and intellectual. Today, I am going to define the way women are viewed in the Judaism culture as well as how it applies to the culture today. First of all, I’d like to say that the role of women in traditional Judaism has been vastly misunderstood.
Jewish women have had to overcome numerous obstacles in incorporating the changes inherent with ever-evolving life with their static religious duties. Thus was the case for any Jew who chose to move away from their community and start a new life. Many pioneers found it hard to remain practicing Jews when there were no other Jewish people around them. Some observances became difficult to exercise given the surrounding and Jews would sometimes have to compromise their traditions with physical practicality. This led to great personal struggle for women who had always felt that the family’s religious sanctity was her responsibility.
The struggles that women face internationally are extensive. The female Mormons in Utah are not exempt from this struggle, in fact their struggles compare to women in the third world. In some Islamic states, the women have to cover their bodies so men can not see their bodies at all. Though Mormonism is not exactly the same, the status of women in the church has become progressively worse, making wo... ... middle of paper ... ... a family, and if finances allow, be a stay at home mom. While women are supposed to be prepared for a career – in case they don’t get married, spouse dies, etc., the first priority is supposed to be raising a family, and often career plans are “just in case” (4/13/05).
These expectations led to a constant schedule for these women, making it so their whole life was already planned ahead for them while they had to act as their social calendars suggested. Through out history women have been considered the weaker sex. Even in a multitude of religions, women are not treated equally. Think of the women in Saudi Arabia, they cannot even drive a car by themselves and are certainly not considered equal to men. The largest religion in the world, Christianity, even discriminates against women, “...suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (Timothy 2:12).
Security, maintenance and transport jobs that require effort or nightly shifts are still strictly reserved for men" (Ali). The majority of Iraqi society still supports the fact that women should be housekeepers not work in a business. With many people going along with this idea, nobody wants to hire women to do the jobs that are out there. Not only are women treated poorly in employment but in their household and marriage as well. Girls in Iraq get married at a very young age, some as young as 9 years old.
These women wanted more out of their lives than being housewives and behind-the-scenes participants in the synagogue. Men then argued that subtle power was enough for women of the past, and that the woman of the present should channel their gifts into being good wives and mothers, as their ancestors had done. Works Cited Marcus, Jacob Rader. The American Jewish Woman: A Documentary History. New York: KTAV, 1981.