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Young Israel Hires Women’s Halachic Adviser

Knowledgable Women Maintain Family Purity

Many observant women, for reasons of modesty, do not consult rabbis with intimate questions.

BY LEAH HARRISON September 26, 2017, 12:44 pm |  ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Although the Modern Orthodox synagogue has had yoatzot as scholars in residence, Sinensky is the first official hire for the community, Young Israel Rabbi Adam Starr said. She made the first of four annual visits to Atlanta from her Philadelphia home Aug. 23.

A yoetzet halacha is a woman certified, after extensive training, to serve as a halachic adviser for women on questions regarding taharat hamishpacha (family purity) and mikvah observance.

In his notification to the community June 6, Rabbi Starr detailed Sinensky’s qualifications as a graduate of the U.S. Yoetzet Halacha Fellows Program of Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center. He wrote that the program is approved by well-known gedolei Torah (top Torah scholars) and is supported by respected rabbis in Israel and the United States.

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