There is currently a petition circulating the internet which implores the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America) to support women’s religious and communal leadership in the Orthodox Community. According to the RCA’s website, “membership in the RCA is held by close to 1000 ordained rabbis, spread throughout 14 countries. These include congregational rabbis, teachers and academicians, military chaplains, health-care chaplains, organizational professionals, and others. A special RCA region with a central office in Jerusalem is located in Israel. It publishes important Torah and intellectual journals, holds annual conventions and conferences, and issues occasional position papers and statements on the issues of the day.” The RCA also came out recently stating that “reaffirms its commitment to women’s Torah education and scholarship at the highest levels, and to the assumption of appropriate leadership roles within the Jewish community.” However, their actions are not consistent with this statement – hence the petition. (For the full petition, click here.)
As you would expect, the petition has generated a lot of information in the Jewish blogosphere. One of the more common reactions has been that if Rabba Sara Hurwitz (though, she is never given her proper title, nor even her prior one of Maharat) was “more frum” it would somehow help the cause.
Seriously? She covers her head and dresses modestly (skirts too!), and lives an observant life on par with her male colleagues from Yeshivat Chovevi Torah. She is frum enough for Rabbi Avi Weiss, but not enough for you Mr/s Blogger? What do you want from her? What would make her “frum enough”?
Therein is my question dear readers: What do you consider to be frum? Is frum definied differently by different people?
It reminds me of a questionnaire where the options were “Frum” or “Non-Orthodox” – but that is a separate post all together…