Mendel Shapiro

Orthodox Shul May Break Taboo

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
An Upper West Side congregation, Orthodox in practice, could become the first established synagogue of its kind in the country to allow women to read from and bless the Torah, in a service with men, based on a controversial new interpretation of Jewish law gaining momentum in the observant world. The possible groundbreaking change at Kehilat Orach Eliezer (KOE) is based on a halachic opinion written by Jerusalem Rabbi Mendel Shapiro, who argues that traditional barriers to women’s synagogue Torah reading in the presence of men may no longer be relevant.
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