This episode continues our conversations about the roles of Jewish women in Orthodoxy. Scott speaks to the individual who created one of the most important innovations we’ve seen so far – Rabbanit Chana Henkin, the founder of Nishmat and the force behind the Yoatzot Halacha.
Yoatzot halacha, or halachic advisors, have studied in order to become experts in the laws of Nidah or Taharat Hamishpacha. It’s likely that yoatzot halacha are at least as qualified, and often far more qualified, to talk about hilchot nidah than the average rabbi. And given their training in women’s health as well as other areas that are unknown by most rabbis, they maintain a unique position – and fill a huge role – in the halachic scene today.
The conversation includes questions about yoatzot halacha, what they can and cannot do, the criticisms Rabbanit Henkin has received, and much more.
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