Crowd-Sourced Bibliography on Tefilin, Partnership Minyanim, and the Future of Orthodoxy

Will Rogers once quipped, “I don’t belong to an organized political party; I’m a Democrat.”  To which I would respond, “I don’t belong to an organized Jewish denomination; I’m Orthodox.”

Dozens of scholarly articles, essays, and blog-posts, have been published in the past month exploring the question of women and mitzvat tefillin and the phenomenon of Partnership Minyannim. This may all be a “tempest in a teapot” or this may become a milestone in the history of our community and its self-definition. To help record and organize all that is being written on this topic, I am creating a crowd-sourced bibliography. Please post links in the comments to articles/blog-posts/essays and I will add them to the bibliography once each week or two.

Reflecting the mission of this blog, priority will be given to articles that focus on how these issues percolate within the Orthodox community. I will also prioritize those writings that contain original analysis of primary sources. But, if there is something that you have read which you think should be part of this bibliography, paste a link in the comments and make a case (please also list which section the source belongs).

Part I: Girls Wearing Tefilin at Orthodox High Schools

The Jewish Week: Ramaz Would Permit Girls to Wear Tefilin

Rabbi Josh Strulowitz: It’s Not About Tefilin But Embracing School Choice

Rabbi Tully Harcsztark: SAR Principal Explains Decision to Allow Girls ot Wear Tefilin at School Minyanim

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein: Much Ado About Something: Women and Tefillin

Rabbi H. Schachter: Transcription of a letter by Rabbi H. Schachter on Women Wearing Tefilin, transcribed by Rabbi Josh Yuter

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt: Reflections on the Tefilin Debate

Part II: Analysis of Women and the Mitzvah of Tefilin

(With a strong representation from Harvard Hillel in the 1990’s…)

Rabbi Ethan Tucker: Gender and Tefillin: Possibilities and Consequences

Rabbi Aryeh Klapper: Gender and Tefillin: Assumptions and Consequences

Shira Fischer, MD: In Pursuit of Intellectual Genorisity: A Rejoinder to R. Aryeh Klapper on Gender, Tefillin, and Normativitiy

Rabbi Shlomo Brody: Women and Tefilin: A Response to Ethan Tucker

Rabbi Shlomo Brody: Women, Tefilin, and the Halakhic Process

Rabbi Jeff Fox: The Truth About Women in Tefilin

William Friedman: Why Women Can – And Must – Wear Tefillin

Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber: Tefillin and Clean Bodies Part I

Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber: Tefillin and Clean Bodes Part II

 

Part III: RCA Documents on Partnership Minyanim and Reactions

Partnership Minyanim in the Pages of “Tradition.”

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz: A Response to Rav Herschel Schachter shlita

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz: A Resposne to Rav Herschel Schachter shlita (English Translation)

Professor Aaron Koller: Women in Tefillin and Partnership Minyanim: A Response to Rav Schachter

Rabbi A. Goridmer: The Boundaries and Essence of Orthodoxy: A Response ot Aaron Koller

“Menachem Mendel” Partnership Minyans in Israel

Rabbi Dr. Yoel Finkelman and Professor Chaim Saimon: A Next Step in Debating Partnership Minyanim and Women in Tefillin

Part IV: Opinions and Advocacy

Dr. Elana Sztokman: Orthodoxy Must Not Reject Its Most Committed Women

Rabbi Avi Shafran: TefillinGate Unraveled: In Orthodoxy Women Just Don’t Wear Tefillin

Avigayil Halpern: You Say I don’t Need Tefillin: Here’s Why I Do

Eden Farber:  Not-So Blurred Lines

Professor Aaron Koller: On Submissiveness

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13 Responses to Crowd-Sourced Bibliography on Tefilin, Partnership Minyanim, and the Future of Orthodoxy

  1. […] University apparently making them the new litmus test of whether you are Orthodox or not. (See this post that has conveniently collected most of the writings on the issue of Partership minyanim and […]

  2. Definitely a tempest, not a milestone. Ultimately the women who are spearheading this movement will push further and further until they are finally forced to admit they are not interested in any part of traditional Orthodoxy they don’t think is fair to them. Then they’ll leave to find fellow “enlightened worshippers”.

  3. David G. says:

    When this article on the start of Partnership Minyanim appeared about 12 years ago, did people think it would die down or gain momentum?

    http://www.thejewishweek.com/features/orthodox_shul_may_break_taboo

  4. Muzzle3344 says:

    Here’s a piece by Rav Aharon Lichtenstein:

    http://www.ou.org/jewish_action/03/2010/hands_across_the_ocean_a_review_of_rabbi_aharon_feldmans_the_eye_of_th/

    Although this is actually a book review / response to R’ Feldman, the two paragraphs in the middle about Tefillin should be included. They are to be noted for their succinctness; depth / breadth of knowledge; and most importantly for R’ Lichtenstein’s measured, civil, tone of voice.

  5. Benjamin E. says:

    Response to R. Klapper by Raphael Magarik – “Can Women be God’s Servants? A response to Rabbi Aryeh Klapper on Gender and Tefillin”: http://jewschool.com/2014/02/10/31519/can-women-be-gods-servants-a-response-to-rabbi-aryeh-klapper-on-gender-and-tefillin/

    R. Ethan Tucker, “Gender and Tefillin: Follow-up Questions and Responses”: http://www.halakhah.org/2014/01/gender-and-tefillin-follow-up-questions.html

  6. J. says:

    R. Jeremy Wieder on why Partnership Minyanim are halachically illegitimate:

    http://yucommentator.org/2014/03/the-halakhic-status-of-partnership-minyanim/

  7. Alexandra says:

    JOFA.org The Torch has 3 articles.

  8. Brooklyn Refugee Sheygitz says:

    Shira Chadasha in Jerusalem has now officially taken the position that at Partnership Minyanim, women can now lead the Arvit prayer as well.

    Rabbi Henkin’s prediction about these minyanim was prescient and is coming true even faster than anyone is willing to acknowledge.

    I believe that in a previous post I wrote that it will take 30 years for Morethedoxy to go the way of the American Conservative movement. I’m now cutting that down to 20 years…

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