Course syllabus / YU only
¶The status of women in halacha is complex, but ever-evolving. In this course, we will analyze
through a critical, but respectful lens the foundations of halachic Judaism and its relationship to
women in our daily practices through both traditional and contemporary sources. This semester
will focus on women’s roles in the greater Jewish community, and will be split up into four units:
1. Women’s general status in halachic history ( (מעמד האישה בהלכה
2. Women in leadership roles in the Jewish community ( (שררה
3. Women’s participation in תפילה בציבור and the general makeup of תפילה in context of women
4. Women and תלמוד תורה
Students are expected to attend class regularly. We will spend much of our time analyzing primary
texts together, so please come prepared for discussion. Your readiness to participate is crucial, and a
key element of your semester grade. More than four semester absences will result in a reduction in
Schatz, S. (2022, Fall). Syllabus: JUDS 1410: Women and Jewish law. Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.
*This is constructed from limited available data and may be imprecise.