Tefillingate unraveled: In Orthodoxy, women just don’t wear tefillin
Apart from its halakhic ban, the troubling message sent out by a few young women publicly laying tefillin is that their tefillin-less female school peers are Jewishly deficient, or less holy.
Unlike some in the traditional Orthodox community, I empathize with the young women in two modern Orthodox high schools in New York who asked for and received permission to don tefillin during their school prayer services. They have, after all, reportedly seen their mothers wearing these ritual objects and simply...
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