NOT SO EQUAL OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES

The Jewish Chronicle - - JUDAISM -

IN the tra­di­tional world, grap­pling with Tal­mud is seen as the pin­na­cle of Jewish study but his­tor­i­cally re­garded as un­suit­able for women. But a grow­ing num­ber of Is­raeli in­sti­tutes are teach­ing women Tal­mud, which girls from the di­as­pora on gap years can take ad­van­tage of.

In the UK, the Midrasha at the Lon­don School of Jewish Stud­ies of­fers ad­vanced text study to women, in­clud­ing Tal­mud for stu­dents who want it. But in schools here, boys are far more likely to do Tal­mud than girls.

Some state-aided co­ed­u­ca­tional Jewish schools run dif­fer­ent Jewish stud­ies cour­ses for boys and girls, prompt­ing some par­ents to ask whether this could

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