by Howard Lev
From novels to movies to the stage, it is the male who is traditionally depicted, as learned. The woman cleans the house, raises the children, and even has a proper double-chin. In the short story, Yentl The Yeshiva Boy, by Isaac Beshevis Singer, Yentl, a young woman, is so desperate to study and discuss the sacred texts, she disguises herself as a boy. If Yentl had been a member of my temple, she would not have had to wear a disguise to pray and study. The women of Temple B'nai Torah have a voice; they can quote, interpret, and read the sacred text with ease.
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