- A good marriage is seen to be a partnership of equals.
- However, the men and women have different yet equally important roles.
- Man's role is in the public sphere and he has authority over the non-domestic matters (e.g. he earns the money and works, he is also obliged to attend synagogue).
- Woman's role is within the private sphere and she has authority over the domestic matters (e.g. she does the household chores and brings up the children).
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- Men and women are to be treated equally.
- The teachings from the Torah should be looked at in light of modern attitudes and the changing nature of society.
- Therefore, women can have jobs and do not have to be restricted to the domestic chores. they can do more than previously and so ought to be allowed to do so.
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Women in the Torah
- They are endowed with a greater degree of intuition, intelligence and understanding than men.
- They are thought to be closer to God's ideal than men.
- Women are discouraged from pursuing higher education or religious pursuits because they might neglect their primary duties as wives and mothers.
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In the Synagogue
- Men and women sit seperately so they can concentrate on worship.
- Women are not meant to read the Torah.
- Women cannot form part of a minyan (the minimum number of people needed for certain prayers).
- Women are not obliged to attend daily services like men are.
- Only men can be Rabbis.
- Genders do not have to sit seperately.
- Women can read the Torah.
- Women can be part of a minyan.
- Women or men can be ordained as Rabbis.
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