For Orthodox Jewish Women in Mourning, the Right to Recite Kaddish Is Fading

Threatened by a 'new world' of partnership minyans, women rabbis and an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, Orthodox rabbis are taking more stringent stances in areas where their predecessors once showed leniency.

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My wife’s year of reciting Kaddish for her mother ended last week. She and I took on this obligation as a couple. At the start, we consulted with a prominent rabbi in our Orthodox community and he assured us...