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YH Shoshana Samuels Returns to Nishmat

YH Shoshana Samuels Returns to Nishmat

Veteran Yoetzet Halacha Shoshana Samuels stepped back into Nishmat’s Bet Midrash last week for the first time in eight years. Awarded an Advanced Torah Fellowship from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and pursuing research in Nishmat’s Machon l’Mechkar (Research Institute for Yoatzot Responsa), she is authoring a groundbreaking comprehensive textbook for kallah teachers, women… Read More

Web Expands Opportunities for New Yoatzot Fellows

Web Expands Opportunities for New Yoatzot Fellows

With 20 Yoatzot Halacha newly certified in the U.S. and Israel this summer, 142 practicing Yoatzot Halacha are assisting and advising women and families worldwide. This summer, Nishmat also enrolled 26 new Yoatzot Halacha Fellows: 12 through Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program in Israel and 14 through Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center (MGC) in the U.S. What’s… Read More

Behind the Scenes in the Back Seat

Behind the Scenes in the Back Seat

A few months ago, we were excited to see that one of our posts inspired discussion in different corners of Facebook. People raised a number of questions about the answer given by the Yoatzot, under the guidance of Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin. In response, we’d like to take the opportunity to explain the answer in… Read More

Woman To Woman

Woman To Woman

By LAURIE NOVICK June 5, 2019, 12:59 pm THE NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK Though our Sages assert that women have a special affinity for conversation, in the Bible (Tanach), men do most of the talking. Even when the Tanach quotes women, it is more often in conversation with men than with each other. Only twice in the… Read More

A Meditation on Asher Yatzar

A Meditation on Asher Yatzar

by Dr. Karen Wasserstein What is our religious relationship with our bodies when they do not work as we expect? Our bodies do not always work as they “should.”  This may be something like a broken leg where people can see the injury from the outside, or fertility issues where we often struggle in private.… Read More

Halachic Infertility: A Response

Halachic Infertility: A Response

By Yoetzet Halacha Dr. Deena Zimmerman A recent article in Haaretz opens by describing a case in which a woman underwent unnecessary fertility treatments. This apparently resulted from a combination of insufficient medical history-taking (possibly due to the physician’s limited cultural competence) and inadequate education provided to the woman. This unfortunate story should never have happened. That… Read More

Dreams: A New Reality…and the Women Left Behind

Dreams: A New Reality…and the Women Left Behind

THE BLOGS TIMES OF ISRAEL Shayna Goldberg MAY 25, 2019, 11:37 PM Did you ever have a dream that became a reality? When I was in 11th grade, I first heard about the concept of yoatzot halacha(halachic advisers). At the time it was just that: A concept. An idea. A dream. A vision that Rabbanit Chana… Read More

Infertility Awareness

Infertility Awareness

by Yesh Tikva Infertility is a topic rarely discussed. Most couples struggling to conceive know almost nothing about fertility and treatments until being thrust unprepared into the world of reproductive endocrinology. Once one is handed the ticket into this world of endless doctor’s visits, self-injections, and failed cycles, the cyclical sadness, disappointment, and shame can… Read More