is that we feel that Judaism sees women as "second class." This obviates the need to "raise our level to equal." I am a Torah-observant (I dislike the word Orthodox) Jewish woman who does not feel second class. I have been taught that the Torah sees women, not as equals, no, rather as spiritually greater than Jewish men. G-d created the world, and each creation was subsequently more spiritual. Plants were higher than planets; mammals on a higher level than fish; humans stood on a higher spiritual plane than other mammals, etc. The last creature to be created was obviously the most spiritual: woman. I do not and have never felt the need to lower myself to the level of men. I recognize that as a Jewish woman, as a mother, my role is much more valued by G-d (thus I am not obligated to drop everything to report a sighting of a new moon, for example). Men have the need to feel kavod in order to have self-worth as a Jew. Some mitzvot are given to men to help them achieve that. I only wish the Jewish milieu recognized and internalized this fact. It would save a lot of heartache, in both genders.
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from the article: An open letter to Leah Aharoni, on behalf of religious freedom in Israel