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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

Is it me or is it the Pill?

Is it me or is it the Pill?

By Dr. Deena Zimmerman, Yoetzet Halacha Am I more moody since I started the Pill? Am I less interested in intimacy than before? Many women using hormonal contraception have asked themselves these or related questions. However, getting answers is not always simple. On the one hand, articles suggesting significant emotional or sexual side effects of… Read More

Nishmat HaBayit: A Window into the Successes of Yoatzot Halacha

Nishmat HaBayit: A Window into the Successes of Yoatzot Halacha

The Lehrhaus By  Rabbi Ezra Schwartz October 15, 2018 | Original article >> The publication of Nishmat HaBayit, an excellent sefer on Hilkhot Niddah (Jewish family purity law) authored by the Yoatzot Halacha of Nishmat, is noteworthy both for what it reflects about the institution of Yoatzot Halacha and for its positions on particular halakhic issues.[1] This review primarily covers matters of more general concern, and offers… Read More

The Importance of Yoatzot Halacha

The Importance of Yoatzot Halacha

JEWISH LINK OF NEW JERSEY By JLNJ Staff | August 02, 2018 I was gratified to read Rabbi Menachem Genack’s positive review of the book “Nishmat HaBayit: Responsa on Pregnancy, Birth and Family Planning” in your July 26 edition. I too found the work containing contributions from several knowledgeable Yoatzot Halacha to be thorough and… Read More