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Women's Torah Study: The Idea and the Meaning
By Dr. Hanah Kehat

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Conference in Brandeis University, Boston (April 15, 2008):

Throughout the world, conflicts between women’s equality and practices justified in terms of cultural and religious norms present pressing challenges for theorists, lawyers and policy makers.

Conflicts emerge in a variety of areas, ranging from disciplining the body, to regulating the family, to establishing the parameters of national or cultural membership. The urgency of these conflicts has made them the topic of research in a number of academic disciplines.

On April 15, 2008, the Center co-sponsored a conference with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University in Boston. The conference created an international forum for dialogue among lawyers, activists and academics working on conflicts between gender equality and practices justified in terms of cultural and religious norms.

Participants from the United States, Canada, Israel, Senegal and South Africa discussed controversies and transformative innovations in Jewish, Muslim and African customary law. It drew a crowd of over 100 people.

The tone for the day was set by a wonderful keynote lecture by Professor Martha Minow (Harvard Law School) asking the provocative question of whether the legal accommodation of religious difference is an ideal to which states should aspire or a compromise between the values of religious freedom and equality of which we should be wary. The day continued with four interesting panels, among them two which focused on women and Judaism.