Ask the Rabbis | How Is Judaism Different After Half a Century of Female Clergy?

Ask the Rabbis | How Is Judaism Different After Half a Century of Female Clergy?

HUMANIST In 1969, I asked a rabbinical school to send me an application and quickly discovered that women were not eligible to be rabbis. Who knew? My innocence, ignorance and timing delayed my goal to become a rabbi, but I was not dissuaded. With gratitude to Sally Priesand for being a pioneer, I could be—and was—ordained 20 years ago as a Secular Humanistic rabbi. Ordaining women rabbis opened a many-thousands-year-old closed door in Judaism, helping to clear the way for others who had been denied leadership roles. Making Jewish leadership available to women made it more accessible to LGBTQ+ individuals, Jews...

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