Policy Statement on the Role of Women
Liberal Talmidi Statement on the Role of Women in the Community
Being aware that there are certain just causes which cannot be left to chance, or to trust in the wisdom of future elders to interpret scripture justly for all time, we must therefore state unequivocally and without ambiguity, our position on matters which are of importance to our community.
In our community, we desire every human being, whoever they may be, to achieve their full potential as children of God, and with this in mind, we seek to ensure that nothing hinders their path to realising their potential.
In the past, teachers and scholars with imperfect motives have sought to divide the children of God, separating men out from women, elevating the one, while lowering the status of the other. We believe this to be unjust, and not part of God's original plan, for man and woman were both created in the image of God.
We remember that Miryam, the sister of Moses, was a great prophetess; we remember that Deborah, judge and prophetess, was a leader of our people; and we remember the great love and devotion Hannah, mother of the prophet Samuel, and Ruth, ancestress of King David, showed to YHWH our God. And we remember how women preserved the faith and traditions of Israel in times of persecution and trial.
We therefore state and affirm, that women have an equal and positive role to play in the life of the community. Every religious position that is open to men shall also be open to women, and every opportunity open to men shall also be open to women.
In the practical life of a fully functioning community:
In the language of prayer:
In the cycle of life:
If a woman (as indeed any individual) feels that she is not being treated equally, she shall have the right to redress, and if it is her wish, to be heard and obtain justice by a Council of Three (Sanhedrin ha-Shalosh).