Why Orthodox Jews in Israel Can Ordain Women as Rabbis, but Those in the Diaspora Won't

There is a crucial difference between Orthodoxy in Israel and abroad; the former is experiencing an evolution, whereas the latter is stifled by the threat of other denominations.

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A friend of mine recently completed the rabbinical program at the Jerusalem Orthodox center Har’el, and invited my wife and me to attend his ordination ceremony. It was a moving ceremony and quite an...