01.07.2012 11.Tammus. 5772
And whosoever in the open field touched one that is slain with a sword, or death body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days’ (Hukat; Numbers 19:17.)
“Take the staff… and speak to the rock…”– Numbers 20:8
One of the most important aspects of Jewish life which characterizes our generation is the empowerment of women, in political, social and even religious spheres. Many years ago, in a lengthy private meeting (yehidut) with the revered Lubavitcher Rebbe, he told me that the greatest challenge facing Orthodox Jewry was the position of women in society – and our halachic response to what was then a newly-found acceptance of female “equality” within Western culture….