Thursday, July 27, 2006

Women Non-Rabbis

Menachem Butler blogs about a new article by R. Michael J. Broyde, in which he argues that many women teachers should be legally allowed to claim a parsonage tax exemption. R. Broyde's argument centers around the interpretation of that passage in the tax code, in which ordination has been deemed irrelevant and function defines one's status. Thus, R. Broyde argues, women who teach Jewish studies and lead prayer services in classrooms should qualify for parsonage just as much as a cantor.

This is NOT an argument for women rabbis but, quite the opposite, a removal of one of the arguments for women rabbis. The US tax code does not require one to be a rabbi in order to receive parsonage.

(See also this post about the ordination of women)

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