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After two decades, female religious advisers get state recognition and hope for more

The Religious Services Ministry’s recognition of female Jewish law advisers last month marked a major milestone in bringing women into official religious leadership roles and paved the way for further…

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Born Christian, French woman becomes one of Israel’s few female Orthodox rabbis

AFP — A woman born in France to a Christian family was not an obvious candidate to become a trailblazing Orthodox rabbi in Israel, but 40-year-old former journalist Eliora Peretz…

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In first, IDF appoints female officer to lead brigade

For the first time in Israel’s history, a woman was nominated on Thursday to serve as a brigade commander in the Israel Defense Forces. Reut Rettig-Weiss was promoted to the…

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Daily Briefing Jun 8: Blowback as IDF opens up more roles for female combat soldiers

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday. Military correspondent…

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In first, Israeli female authors outnumber male

More women than men wrote and published prose and poetry works in Hebrew, the National Library of Israel’s 2021 Annual Report showed, a first since the library began compiling statistics.…

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In milestone, Israeli government to pay salaries of female religious authorities

The Israeli government will begin paying the salaries of female advisers on Jewish law, Deputy Minister Matan Kahana announced Thursday, marking a significant step toward gender equality by the Religious…

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Kohavi denounces barring of female officer from leading Western Wall ceremony

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi on Wednesday denounced the barring of a female officer from leading a swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall last week, calling it a “violation of…

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Female IDF officer blocked from leading swearing-in ceremony at Western Wall

In a last-minute change, a female military officer was barred Thursday from leading a swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall. The Israel Defense Forces said the reversal followed a request…

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