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2nd Modern Orthodox School To Permit Girls to Don Tefillin

The Ramaz School in Manhattan is the second New York body of academia to change their policies this week after SAR High School

By: Daniel Koren
Published: January 23rd, 2014 in News » World
Jewish girls wearing tallit and tefillin

Mark this week in the history books, people.

The Ramaz School in Manhattan has made its decision public, and now allows female students to wear tefillin during prayer.

The school is the second New York educational establishment to make this, what some would call 'radical' decision (I personally would use the word 'progressive'), following the example of SAR High School, who made a similar announcement earlier this week.

I'm sure the Women of the Wall are currently gleaming with pride.

Ramaz, one of the preeminent Modern Orthodox academic institutions in the U.S., made all parents and guardians aware of the amendment via an email issued by head of school Paul Shaviv. Shaviv stated he “would be happy to allow any female student who wants to observe the mitzvah of tefillin to do so.”

“Women should be taught that they do not need to wear tefillin in order to lead Jewishly-religiously meaningful lives, at least equal to men. But they have the right to make their own decisions,” he added.

While the news has spread like wildfire this week, many have noted that this really isn't news, as many female worshipers have donned teffilin in the past, including Shaviv himself.

“The parental response has been completely positive,” he said during an interview with JTA.

As Ramaz is a modern Orthodox school, it seems like a practical decision; in conservative Orthodox circles, of course, women wearing tefillin is still a violation of Jewish law.

Related articles: Jewish News, Modern Orthodox, Ramaz School, Tefillin, Judaism, SAR High School, Religious
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