by Rebecca Honig Friedman
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance has launched a crusade against the newish Artscroll Women’s Siddur. The prayerbook emphasizes very traditional notions of a woman’s role in Jewish prayer and ritual, and is decidedly not feminist. In a nutshell, as The Jewish Week reports:
“This is not the approach that we want for young women, or schools, and it has become a big bat mitzvah gift,” said Robin Bodner, JOFA’s executive director. “We’re very concerned about the approach which doesn’t take into account women’s spirituality. There’s a belittling of women’s tefillah (prayer).”
The organization last month re-circulated to its 5,500 members its review with “Warning: ArtScroll Women’s Siddur” in the email’s subject line. It also sent the review to the heads of Modern Orthodox schools. “While Art Scroll’s Women’s Siddur at first glance seems like a great gift idea, JOFA has unfortunately come to the conclusion that this siddur is inappropriate for a modern Orthodox institution or one that sees its role as encouraging women’s participation in prayer,” it said. The warning hasn’t impacted sales of the siddur, said Rabbi Nosson Scherman, ArtScroll’s general editor. “There’s no point in responding” to the JOFA critique, he said. “They’re entitled to their opinion and obviously we disagree.”
This item is included, along with several others of interest to Jewesses, and others, in MyJewishLearning.com’s Mixed Multitudes roundup. Thanks to them for picking up my slack.
Posted on October 25th, 2007 Filed under: Uncategorized |