"These pages symbolize a new era in which women of all generations see themselves more and more attached to the study hall (beit midrash) and the lexicon of Jewish learning. Jewish Legal Writings by Women is a contribution to the wealth of Jewish legal history and represents tradition while expressing the female dimension of this legal analysis."
- Nurit Fried, Director of Rabbinical Advocate Program for Women in Jerusalem
"This book is an important and exceptional addition to the literature. It is a collection of seventeen original articles on Jewish law by contemporary religious women, from the U.S. and Israel, who share a feminist outlook... This fine book is highly recommended and certainly essential for academic Judaica libraries."
- Esther Mann Snyder, Head Law Librarian, Bar-Ilan University, Association of Jewish Libraries Review
"This book proclaims a turning point in Jewish history, a beacon for the other half of the kingdom who seek spiritual understanding in their terms... It is the nucleus of a Talmud written by women for women."
- Gael Hammer, Australian Jewish News
"...this is a first of its kind, a breakthrough. An entire book is composed of legal writings by women!"
- Dr. Miriam Klein Shapiro, Jewish Book World
"The book is highly recommended to those who take an interest in Sephardic ritual and Jewish thought; as well as anyone interested in the position of the woman in Jewish law."
- Dr. Yitzchak Kerem, Sefarad: The Sephardic Newsletter
"...it is both a monument to a new era in Jewish history, and a volume of halakhic discourse... The volume is successful on both counts."
- Dr. Moshe Benovitz, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues
"This volume is among the very first literary attempts at the very beginning of a movement of serious study of Torah she-be'al peh for women, barely three decades old."
- Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought
"The publication of this book represents a landmark in Jewish history and literature. All these women share a deep attachment to Judaism and have benefited from the revolution in women's education. The book is an exciting and wonderfully rich collection of scholarship. Hopefully, many such volumes will follow, in a process of such importance to the future of Torah learning and practice."
- Dr. Evelyn Stern, Le'ela Journal of Jewish Studies
"I would encourage everyone, particularly scholars, to read this volume. It will help cultivate a profound appreciation of women's efforts in Torah study and will set a standard of scholarship that many women in the broader Jewish community can aspire to."
- Rabbi Yosef Adler, AMIT Magazine
"There are a handful of observant women who are devoting long hours to the study of the complex legal argumentation. They have begun publishing articles on halakhic issues, as is evident by the publication of Jewish Legal Writings, edited by Micah D. Halpern and Chana Safrai, in which American and Israeli women analyze issues like "May Women Wear Tefillin?," "Women and Tzitzit," and "Artificial Insemination in Single Women." There are some larger, abstract discussions in the work, but in these early stages of women's study of Talmud, the new talmidot hachamot have basically applied their talmudic knowledge to practical decision-making involving women's issues. It remains to be seen whether they become erudite enough to affect the very body of knowledge that has guided Jewish life and thinking for centuries. This will be the final test of the Jewish women's study movement."
- Rochelle Furstenberg, Jerusalem Letter, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (No. 429, May 1, 2000)
"A first-ever collection of essays written by Orthodox feminist teachers and scholars. Topics range from "hair distractions" and cosmetics to taking the pill, wearing tefillin and the role of intent in doing mitzvot."
- Jewish Family Times
"Before the publication of this ground-breaking volume, Jewish legal writings were an exclusively male province. Urim Publications of Jerusalem
are performing an extremely valuable service by offering contemporary
Orthodox Torah scholars an outlet for their work.... This is a most
volume for anyone interested in the latest developments for women in
- Doreen Wachmann, Jewish Telegraph
"The first-ever collection of halachic (Jewish legal) articles written by Orthodox feminist scholars and teachers."
- Susan Sapiro, Ma'ayan: The Jewish Women's Project