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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 23:30:01 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Curriculum & Syllabus for Women Alexis Rosoff in v31n91 eloquently states >>>>>>>> Similarly, study seems to be the province of the man, and I find this worrying. I don't mean smicha or kollel level study; I'm talking ordinary yeshiva high school education, seminary, et cetera. Even if my daughters never become rabbis (and I admit it, I'm a bad feminist, I'm not comfortable with the concept of women as rabbis) I want them to have the sort of Judaic education I didn't. I want them to be able to understand a passage of Talmud and understand the process that brought it into being and keeps it alive. Even women's shiurim are often on a lower level, and I think it becomes a cycle of women not reaching the levels needed for more advanced learning, so new shiurim aren't started, so women stay at the same low-to-middle level. >>>>>>>>> I wholeheartedly agree that (a) women should be communal leaders (like Sarah and Ester) (b) they should understand basic texts (c) they need not be Rabbis. The question becomes however, how do we BEST implement the above goals suggested by Alexis. Or, to use an operational term, what CURRICULUM and SYLLABII (for K-12) will help the community best implement the above goals for women. Will teaching them Gmarrah help or hurt? Should we emphasize Tnach? Which parts of the Shuchan Aruch (code of Jewish law are best) In other words I would like to accept the general tenure of Alexis values and get down to the details of operational implementation. Russell Jay Hendel; phd asa; RHendel@Towson.Edu Moderator Rashi is Simple http://www.shamash.org/rashi/