Changing norms and blurring boundaries are presenting new challenges to Judaism every year. This course will examine how our Jewish sources respond to three front-line issues: gender identity following sex-change procedures and communal responses to transgender; guidelines for broadening and deepening women’s learning and leadership roles; balancing military goals and civilian losses in a world of asymmetric and sub-conventional military engagements.
Transgender and gender reassignment
Women poskot and Talmud Torah
Women rabbis and other religious leadership roles
War and self-defence against terrorists