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Published on: May 10, 2018 12:12 PM
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London - Dina Brawer became Britain’s first Orthodox female rabbi.

She received her semicha, or rabbinic ordination, on Monday in London from British-born Israeli academic and rabbi, Dr. Daniel Sperber, after he administered a two-hour exam.

Brawer, who was born in Milan to Moroccan-born parents, will take the title of “rabba.”

“I will describe myself as a rabbi, that’s what I’ve trained to do and that’s what I’m qualified to serve as,” she told Britain’s Jewish News.

She sat for her semicha, or ordination, test after completing a four-year program at Yeshivat Maharat in New York, according to the Jewish Chronicle. A graduation ceremony will be held in June at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in Bronx, New York.

Yeshivat Maharat trains and ordains Orthodox women clergy members. Although a handful of Modern Orthodox synagogues in North America have hired its graduates, the New York school was one of the main targets of a decision issued last year by the Orthodox Union, an umbrella group for Modern Orthodoxy, barring its member synagogues from hiring female clergy.

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Brawer served this year as a rabbinic intern at Netivot Shalom, in Teaneck, New Jersey. She is also the founder of the United Kingdom branch of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, or JOFA. She has been performing ritual and pastoral duties as a rabbinic student, and served as a scholar-in-residence at Hampstead Synagogue from 2015 to 2016.

“I wanted to be a role model to women and girls in the community, to show this is not something only possible as a man, but definitely possible as a woman and something women should aspire to,” she told the Jewish News. “Young girls should become anything they want. You can be well-educated, you can get a PhD in any topic, but when it comes to Jewish studies and religious studies, there’s a limitation. Well, there’s definitely no limitation.”

Brawer was raised in a Chabad community. She and her husband, Rabbi Naftali Brawer,  the former rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue outside of London, announced that they will be moving to the Boston area. She is currently completing a Hillel Office of Innovation Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurship, and her husband will start work as executive director of Tufts University Hillel.



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1

 May 10, 2018 at 12:25 PM Anonymous Says:

She is not an Orthodox Rabbi!! Fake News. She is a Conservative or reform Rabbi

2

 May 10, 2018 at 12:28 PM Reb Yid Says:

Who says Sperber is Orthodox?

3

 May 10, 2018 at 01:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Female Orthodox Rabbi, A contradiction in terms.

4

 May 10, 2018 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Jews for J call themselves Jewish; this neoconservative group call itself Open Orthodox and North Korea calls itself "Democratic People's Republic of Korea".

5

 May 10, 2018 at 12:31 PM ber Says:

chilil hashem that it connected to chabad...'u'vekehlosom al teichad kevody'

6

 May 10, 2018 at 01:42 PM alterknaker Says:

Nu, c'mon Kiddush Hashem preachers, go for it

7

 May 10, 2018 at 01:45 PM Pragmatist Says:

Reply to #2  
Reb Yid Says:

Who says Sperber is Orthodox?

We may have issues with a female Rabbi but that does not make her non-Orthodox. Let's see: she covers her hair, she dressers tzeniusdik, she observes all of the shabbos laws, also eats cholent, observes kashruth laws, doesn't eat chametz on passover - doesn't even eat gebrokts, makes shlissel challa, fasts on yom kippur, davens daily, regularly goes on Vos is Neias, and you don't think she's Orthodox. Hmmm.

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 May 10, 2018 at 01:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
ber Says:

chilil hashem that it connected to chabad...'u'vekehlosom al teichad kevody'

In the past she was connected with Chabad but no longer, Just like someone goes off the derech is no longer connected to a chassidus or Yeshiva.

9

 May 10, 2018 at 02:23 PM apdsvys Says:

I'm waiting for Chabad to come out with a strong statement against this ( But I'm not holding my breath)

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 May 10, 2018 at 02:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Daniel Sperber was born on November 4, 1940 in Gwrych Castle, Wales. He studied for rabbinical ordination at Yeshivat Kol Torah in Israel, earned a doctorate from University College, London in the departments of Ancient History and Hebrew Studies.[1]

He is married to Phyllis (Hannah) Magnus, a couples therapist, originally of Highland Park, Illinois. They have ten children.[1] One of their daughters, Abigail, is the founder of Bat Kol, a Jewish religious lesbian group.[2]

Academic and rabbinical career
He is the Milan Roven professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he is also the President of the Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies.[3] He also serves as rabbi of Menachem Zion Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. In 2010, Rabbi Sperber accepted an appointment as honorary Chancellor of the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School in Toronto.[4]

Sperber is the author of Minhagei Yisrael: Origins and History on the character and evolution of Jewish customs. He has written extensively on many issues on Jewish law can and how it evolved.This includes a call for a greater inclusion of women in certain ritual services, including ordination.

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 May 10, 2018 at 02:28 PM ah grois gelechter! Says:

This 'RAHbai' Sperber gave a lecture about 6 years ago titled "Why Modern
Orthodoxy is True Orthodoxy"

That should tell you everything about his 'smicha"

The 'semicha document' would be very good for אשר יצר paper...

12

 May 10, 2018 at 02:35 PM enodmilvado Says:

Making a connection to Chabad is like saying Solomon Schechter, Chagall and others, which doesnt make it kosher. This is how reform got started, and that is dying out.

13

 May 10, 2018 at 02:41 PM adar29 Says:

First they deny the Rebbe is death. Then they crown their death Rebbe moshiach. Then they no bow down to the Rebbe's chair. Then they worshipped the death Rebbe fake Moshiach as if he is G-d. Now they come up with a fake rabbi as well. What a calamity had befallen chabad. The Rebbe would be turning in his grave if it wasn't that he is DEATH. No wonder the Gaon of Vilna put the Chassidim in cherem. Now someone needs to do the same with all participants in this travesty.

14

 May 10, 2018 at 02:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Vin again uses a dividing and hateful headline when choosing to post an article..

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 May 10, 2018 at 03:01 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

None of my business. I wish her well.

16

 May 10, 2018 at 03:09 PM Anonymous Says:

As usual, the Taliban and religious holier than thou religious police on this site are at it again.

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 May 10, 2018 at 03:14 PM AmYisroel Says:

there's no such thing as an orthodox woman rabbi neither is there any such thing as a non orthodox rabbi

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 May 10, 2018 at 03:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
PaulinSaudi Says:

None of my business. I wish her well.

If you're Jewish (are you?) it is your business.

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 May 10, 2018 at 03:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Pragmatist Says:

We may have issues with a female Rabbi but that does not make her non-Orthodox. Let's see: she covers her hair, she dressers tzeniusdik, she observes all of the shabbos laws, also eats cholent, observes kashruth laws, doesn't eat chametz on passover - doesn't even eat gebrokts, makes shlissel challa, fasts on yom kippur, davens daily, regularly goes on Vos is Neias, and you don't think she's Orthodox. Hmmm.

If a Jew rejects even one Rabbinic law, he is not Orthodox. So, with all the tzidkus this woman allegedly has, the fact that she accepted "semichah" takes her out of the Orthodox pale.

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 May 10, 2018 at 03:21 PM zion Says:

Reply to #7  
Pragmatist Says:

We may have issues with a female Rabbi but that does not make her non-Orthodox. Let's see: she covers her hair, she dressers tzeniusdik, she observes all of the shabbos laws, also eats cholent, observes kashruth laws, doesn't eat chametz on passover - doesn't even eat gebrokts, makes shlissel challa, fasts on yom kippur, davens daily, regularly goes on Vos is Neias, and you don't think she's Orthodox. Hmmm.

....and your on drugs

21

 May 10, 2018 at 04:34 PM chevra Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

As usual, the Taliban and religious holier than thou religious police on this site are at it again.

'holier than thou' 'taliban' terms christians use ...so what you
doing on site for shomrei torah site

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 May 10, 2018 at 04:39 PM Lirch Says:

Reply to #7  
Pragmatist Says:

We may have issues with a female Rabbi but that does not make her non-Orthodox. Let's see: she covers her hair, she dressers tzeniusdik, she observes all of the shabbos laws, also eats cholent, observes kashruth laws, doesn't eat chametz on passover - doesn't even eat gebrokts, makes shlissel challa, fasts on yom kippur, davens daily, regularly goes on Vos is Neias, and you don't think she's Orthodox. Hmmm.

How do know she does those things? She certainly doesn't cover her hair!

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 May 10, 2018 at 05:18 PM Hilarious Says:

What a world we live in . . .
Trump in the white house, Kim on an airplane? Rebetzen's Fihr Tish, Berland doing infertility treatment, now this Rabba . . .
What's next Chevra

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 May 10, 2018 at 05:18 PM TheRabbiDr Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

If a Jew rejects even one Rabbinic law, he is not Orthodox. So, with all the tzidkus this woman allegedly has, the fact that she accepted "semichah" takes her out of the Orthodox pale.

So, since you've clear rejected all principals of Lashon Hara and Dan L'kaf Z'chut, you're similarly not Orthodox? Got it.

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 May 10, 2018 at 05:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
apdsvys Says:

I'm waiting for Chabad to come out with a strong statement against this ( But I'm not holding my breath)

Good point.
They seem to be absent on this issue for some reason.

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 May 10, 2018 at 05:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Daniel Sperber was born on November 4, 1940 in Gwrych Castle, Wales. He studied for rabbinical ordination at Yeshivat Kol Torah in Israel, earned a doctorate from University College, London in the departments of Ancient History and Hebrew Studies.[1]

He is married to Phyllis (Hannah) Magnus, a couples therapist, originally of Highland Park, Illinois. They have ten children.[1] One of their daughters, Abigail, is the founder of Bat Kol, a Jewish religious lesbian group.[2]

Academic and rabbinical career
He is the Milan Roven professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he is also the President of the Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies.[3] He also serves as rabbi of Menachem Zion Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. In 2010, Rabbi Sperber accepted an appointment as honorary Chancellor of the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School in Toronto.[4]

Sperber is the author of Minhagei Yisrael: Origins and History on the character and evolution of Jewish customs. He has written extensively on many issues on Jewish law can and how it evolved.This includes a call for a greater inclusion of women in certain ritual services, including ordination.

Who gave this character permission to change the messorah!

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 May 10, 2018 at 05:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

If you're Jewish (are you?) it is your business.

Good point.
These people are trying to re-define Orthodoxy the way the Conservative Movement tried and failed to re-define halacha. this is every Jews business.

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 May 10, 2018 at 05:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

If a Jew rejects even one Rabbinic law, he is not Orthodox. So, with all the tzidkus this woman allegedly has, the fact that she accepted "semichah" takes her out of the Orthodox pale.

Right you are.

29

 May 10, 2018 at 05:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Pragmatist Says:

We may have issues with a female Rabbi but that does not make her non-Orthodox. Let's see: she covers her hair, she dressers tzeniusdik, she observes all of the shabbos laws, also eats cholent, observes kashruth laws, doesn't eat chametz on passover - doesn't even eat gebrokts, makes shlissel challa, fasts on yom kippur, davens daily, regularly goes on Vos is Neias, and you don't think she's Orthodox. Hmmm.

She violates the psak of every major orthodox institution regarding female clergy, studied at a school which accepts toevah marriage and questions the authorship of the Torah among other things. Sorry, but being orthodox is more than just keeping kosher, being tzinusdik.and making challah.

30

 May 10, 2018 at 05:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

She is not an Orthodox Rabbi!! Fake News. She is a Conservative or reform Rabbi

Uch.

31

 May 10, 2018 at 05:48 PM Vivi Says:

Reply to #7  
Pragmatist Says:

We may have issues with a female Rabbi but that does not make her non-Orthodox. Let's see: she covers her hair, she dressers tzeniusdik, she observes all of the shabbos laws, also eats cholent, observes kashruth laws, doesn't eat chametz on passover - doesn't even eat gebrokts, makes shlissel challa, fasts on yom kippur, davens daily, regularly goes on Vos is Neias, and you don't think she's Orthodox. Hmmm.

She’s not orthodox. Orthodox do not hold from female rabbis.

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 May 10, 2018 at 05:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Female = Rebetzin. No Rabbi in this gilgil.

33

 May 10, 2018 at 06:05 PM ber Says:

Reply to #24  
TheRabbiDr Says:

So, since you've clear rejected all principals of Lashon Hara and Dan L'kaf Z'chut, you're similarly not Orthodox? Got it.

one mitzvah you guys adhere to vehmently....loshon horah and only when its against not ehrlicher yidden
but when its against shomrei torah your mouths cant stop
frothing.
by the way a known fact is not loshen horah
also against machrivey dass its mitzah...see mishne brure 157...derived from shass

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 May 10, 2018 at 06:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
TheRabbiDr Says:

So, since you've clear rejected all principals of Lashon Hara and Dan L'kaf Z'chut, you're similarly not Orthodox? Got it.

I don't know if you're a Dr, but you're certainly not a Rabbi, since you clearly don't have a clue about the "principals (sic) of Lashon Hara and Dan L'kaf Z'chut", and where the exceptions are.

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 May 10, 2018 at 05:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
adar29 Says:

First they deny the Rebbe is death. Then they crown their death Rebbe moshiach. Then they no bow down to the Rebbe's chair. Then they worshipped the death Rebbe fake Moshiach as if he is G-d. Now they come up with a fake rabbi as well. What a calamity had befallen chabad. The Rebbe would be turning in his grave if it wasn't that he is DEATH. No wonder the Gaon of Vilna put the Chassidim in cherem. Now someone needs to do the same with all participants in this travesty.

Keep bashing Chabad don't worry they don't have a baseless hate of other people like you do and they'll still arrange kosher food for your son after he gets arrested with drugs and they'll still put on teffilin with your son after he goes OTD just like they put teffilin on loser mans (AKA der minuval fun bnei brak) son that went OTD even though his father was probably the biggest hater of Chabad from 1899-2001 because unlike you they don't hate by association i.e. just because this woman at some point had something to do with Chabad is not a reason to hate the whole Chabad movement

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 May 10, 2018 at 06:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
adar29 Says:

First they deny the Rebbe is death. Then they crown their death Rebbe moshiach. Then they no bow down to the Rebbe's chair. Then they worshipped the death Rebbe fake Moshiach as if he is G-d. Now they come up with a fake rabbi as well. What a calamity had befallen chabad. The Rebbe would be turning in his grave if it wasn't that he is DEATH. No wonder the Gaon of Vilna put the Chassidim in cherem. Now someone needs to do the same with all participants in this travesty.

Nice Purim Tayre, Adar is over. "The Gaon put the Chassidim in cherem" and about 90 % of Lakewood comes from the Chassidim. How many Litvishe Yiden you have met in your life? a dz maybe. They mostly gesmadt. Todays yiddischkeit is mostly Pajlishers, ungarisher, romanishe, Galicianers etc.

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 May 10, 2018 at 06:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

If a Jew rejects even one Rabbinic law, he is not Orthodox. So, with all the tzidkus this woman allegedly has, the fact that she accepted "semichah" takes her out of the Orthodox pale.

"If a Jew rejects even one Rabbinic law, he is not Orthodox" Like all the bocherim in Lakewood Mir etc who dont' except the "Rabbinic Law" to get married at 18.

38

 May 10, 2018 at 06:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
apdsvys Says:

I'm waiting for Chabad to come out with a strong statement against this ( But I'm not holding my breath)

The general chabad approach is not to condemn those who seek to weaken yidishkeit, but rather to support those who seek to strengthen it.

39

 May 10, 2018 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

Good point.
These people are trying to re-define Orthodoxy the way the Conservative Movement tried and failed to re-define halacha. this is every Jews business.

"trying to re-define Orthodoxy" like many if not most Rebbes and Rosh Yeshivos today do. If every Not seriously learning boy would get married at 18 as the Halacha, there wouldnt be a so called Shidduch crisis. Can you even imagine app. 10.000 boys hitting the market today at once. Ah, many Rosh Yeshivas would be out of a job, so its bad business

40

 May 10, 2018 at 06:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
AmYisroel Says:

there's no such thing as an orthodox woman rabbi neither is there any such thing as a non orthodox rabbi

So what is the difference between an Orthodox or reform Rabbi? If a Rabbi in a Black Hat or Streimel "REFORMS" the Sulchan Aruch the way it suits him is he Reform or Orthodox? 99% of them do it all the time. From Lakewood to Monroe, from Bnei Brak to Monsey.

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 May 10, 2018 at 06:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

If a Jew rejects even one Rabbinic law, he is not Orthodox. So, with all the tzidkus this woman allegedly has, the fact that she accepted "semichah" takes her out of the Orthodox pale.

You mean all this Black Hat fressers who eat fish with milachig on most Brissen are Not Orthodox?

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 May 10, 2018 at 08:17 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

#18, with a name like "Paul?" No, I am not a Jew. I am only here to learn about your culture. I am a Southern Baptist, I try to be very up-front about that as I do not want to mislead anyone.

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 May 10, 2018 at 06:54 PM MyThreeCents Says:

She may keep all the mitzvos, but it is not Orthodox mesorah to have female rabbis, so I don't consider her Orthodox. I am more likely to consider a woman who isn't so tznius for instance, but keeps all the other mitzvos as Orthodox, than this woman even if she adheres to everything else. It just isn't proper to have women rabbis.

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 May 10, 2018 at 08:32 PM Anonymous Says:

This Rebetzin dresses and acts like a Frumme, has Smiche and now she is not orthodox, Ivanka was not even born Jewish , traveling on Shabbos, dining in Non-kosher Restaurants and she is orthodox. I got it. So what do you guys think of Chelsie Clinton? Is she considerd Orthodox? She is not a Rabbi type at all

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 May 10, 2018 at 08:16 PM nolonger Says:

Love the narrow mindedness and the lack of knowledge. Glad I have a female Rabbi.

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 May 10, 2018 at 08:24 PM Simple jew Says:

To ber.
You are not just a hater, you are an am haretz too. The posuk says
ובקהלם אל תחד כבודי and not ובקהלתם.
But I have news for you, you and your ilk are not needed bikholom.
Now fyi, do you know how many talmidim from litvishe yeshivos became conservative rabbis? Futhermore, I have personally met with someone who says he joined jews for j and he is a former talmid of ner yisroel.
So you found one ex chabad reject, and decided to pile your hate on chabad. Shame on you.
I wont even bother with the other idiot who says bring back the cherem.

47

 May 10, 2018 at 08:11 PM AmYisroel Says:

She's right nowadays young girls can become anything they want they can even grow up and become men

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 May 10, 2018 at 09:24 PM Funny Says:

יהא שמה רבא
Lol

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 May 10, 2018 at 09:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
adar29 Says:

First they deny the Rebbe is death. Then they crown their death Rebbe moshiach. Then they no bow down to the Rebbe's chair. Then they worshipped the death Rebbe fake Moshiach as if he is G-d. Now they come up with a fake rabbi as well. What a calamity had befallen chabad. The Rebbe would be turning in his grave if it wasn't that he is DEATH. No wonder the Gaon of Vilna put the Chassidim in cherem. Now someone needs to do the same with all participants in this travesty.

You’re an idiot. Really.

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 May 10, 2018 at 09:46 PM NOT CHABAD Says:

The headline is inflammatory...and misleading.

This woman is NOT CHABAD.

A trend in the Rabba circles is the need to legitimize themselves by attaching themselves to legitimate groups, names or causes.

When she was young, her parents send her to Chabad schools. She got married, moved to England. Her husband and her are MODERN Orthodox, and worked in MO syngagogues

She is NOT CHABAD.

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 May 10, 2018 at 10:45 PM RobertS Says:

The Rebbe is crying in his grave, I suspect. While there is no formal definition of an “Orthodox” Jew, there are orthodox practices. Making a woman a Rabbi is NOT an orthodox practice.

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 May 10, 2018 at 11:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Daniel Sperber was born on November 4, 1940 in Gwrych Castle, Wales. He studied for rabbinical ordination at Yeshivat Kol Torah in Israel, earned a doctorate from University College, London in the departments of Ancient History and Hebrew Studies.[1]

He is married to Phyllis (Hannah) Magnus, a couples therapist, originally of Highland Park, Illinois. They have ten children.[1] One of their daughters, Abigail, is the founder of Bat Kol, a Jewish religious lesbian group.[2]

Academic and rabbinical career
He is the Milan Roven professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he is also the President of the Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies.[3] He also serves as rabbi of Menachem Zion Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. In 2010, Rabbi Sperber accepted an appointment as honorary Chancellor of the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School in Toronto.[4]

Sperber is the author of Minhagei Yisrael: Origins and History on the character and evolution of Jewish customs. He has written extensively on many issues on Jewish law can and how it evolved.This includes a call for a greater inclusion of women in certain ritual services, including ordination.

I'm sure that he is sheping nachas from his "religious lesbian daughter" Now thats a real oxymoron or just a plain moron! His smicha is worthless & she is as much a rabbi as my dog is! We have survived thousands of years because we follow our Mesorah & HaShems ways. It has served us well & there is no need for any modification. It only requires one to observe the total collapse of the reform, conservative, humanistic, reconstructionist movements to see where the growth is Torah True Yiddishkeit. Intermarrige is so rampant that most of their followers are goyim by birth.

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 May 10, 2018 at 11:56 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #40  
Anonymous Says:

So what is the difference between an Orthodox or reform Rabbi? If a Rabbi in a Black Hat or Streimel "REFORMS" the Sulchan Aruch the way it suits him is he Reform or Orthodox? 99% of them do it all the time. From Lakewood to Monroe, from Bnei Brak to Monsey.

Really? 99% of rabbonim in Lakewood and elsewhere make up halacha? Are you stupid or are you stupid

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 May 11, 2018 at 03:00 AM alisam Says:

oh my....so much male insecurity in these comments!!! very few talmidei chachamim nowdays: the real talmid chacham does not feel threatened by a woman who has smicha because he knows she is an asset. And he also knows that the halacha allows it

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 May 11, 2018 at 01:00 AM lazy-boy Says:

Reply to #13  
adar29 Says:

First they deny the Rebbe is death. Then they crown their death Rebbe moshiach. Then they no bow down to the Rebbe's chair. Then they worshipped the death Rebbe fake Moshiach as if he is G-d. Now they come up with a fake rabbi as well. What a calamity had befallen chabad. The Rebbe would be turning in his grave if it wasn't that he is DEATH. No wonder the Gaon of Vilna put the Chassidim in cherem. Now someone needs to do the same with all participants in this travesty.

you seem to have quite a bit of HATRED in your heart....

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 May 11, 2018 at 03:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #50  
NOT CHABAD Says:

The headline is inflammatory...and misleading.

This woman is NOT CHABAD.

A trend in the Rabba circles is the need to legitimize themselves by attaching themselves to legitimate groups, names or causes.

When she was young, her parents send her to Chabad schools. She got married, moved to England. Her husband and her are MODERN Orthodox, and worked in MO syngagogues

She is NOT CHABAD.

I know her from Milano and she comes from a chabad family, raised by a chabad school and she is orthodox. it is time you learn some halacha I believe: you would know that a woman is allowed to have smicha

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 May 11, 2018 at 06:56 AM alisam Says:

Reply to #51  
RobertS Says:

The Rebbe is crying in his grave, I suspect. While there is no formal definition of an “Orthodox” Jew, there are orthodox practices. Making a woman a Rabbi is NOT an orthodox practice.

those practices have been "decided" by men only.....I guess women do not always feel comfortable dealing with a man (anything to do with taharat hamishpacha fo4r example).I welcome women to be spiritual leaders: I am sure they will do a great job and I am pretty sure the rebbe would not really cry

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 May 11, 2018 at 06:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #50  
NOT CHABAD Says:

The headline is inflammatory...and misleading.

This woman is NOT CHABAD.

A trend in the Rabba circles is the need to legitimize themselves by attaching themselves to legitimate groups, names or causes.

When she was young, her parents send her to Chabad schools. She got married, moved to England. Her husband and her are MODERN Orthodox, and worked in MO syngagogues

She is NOT CHABAD.

every jew is chabad: they just do not know it

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 May 11, 2018 at 07:24 AM RobertS Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

Good point.
These people are trying to re-define Orthodoxy the way the Conservative Movement tried and failed to re-define halacha. this is every Jews business.

Don’t worry. It hasn’t exactly helped the Conservative movement. They peaked in membership around the time they got their first woman Rabbi. Been in decline ever since. Reform losing members too but not as fast because they admit non-Jews. Once one makes Judaism into what (wo)man wants instead of what God wants then it all breaks down.

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 May 11, 2018 at 09:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #53  
AmYisroel Says:

Really? 99% of rabbonim in Lakewood and elsewhere make up halacha? Are you stupid or are you stupid

"Are you stupid" is a nice statement if you dont have an answer. 99% of Lakewood Rabbis REFORM the Halacha , Sulchan Aruch according to their Business Interest, starting with Boys (Not the seriously learning types) in the Freezer instead of telling them to get married at 18 as clearly the Halacha but its bad for their business. We don't need to continue with the rest like randomly picked Yungeleit representing Lakewoods Shite traveling on Shabos after a Storm warning and help offer to stay.
"Are you stupid" shows you as Trumpist who believe more in Meshiach Trump than in the Torah . "Waahavtem et Hager"

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 May 11, 2018 at 09:40 AM Anonymous Says:

To #21-I am a Yid, who is on this site, to expose fanatics such as yourself!

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 May 11, 2018 at 10:14 AM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #60  
Anonymous Says:

"Are you stupid" is a nice statement if you dont have an answer. 99% of Lakewood Rabbis REFORM the Halacha , Sulchan Aruch according to their Business Interest, starting with Boys (Not the seriously learning types) in the Freezer instead of telling them to get married at 18 as clearly the Halacha but its bad for their business. We don't need to continue with the rest like randomly picked Yungeleit representing Lakewoods Shite traveling on Shabos after a Storm warning and help offer to stay.
"Are you stupid" shows you as Trumpist who believe more in Meshiach Trump than in the Torah . "Waahavtem et Hager"

rabbanim tell you what the halacha is in the circumstances presented to them only an obamanation worshiping apikores thinks that the rabbanim paskening halacha are doing so for their own interests and against actual halacha
עַל-פִּי הַתּוֹרָה אֲשֶׁר יוֹרוּךָ, וְעַל-הַמִּשְׁפָּט אֲשֶׁר-יֹאמְרוּ לְךָ--תַּעֲשֶׂה: לֹא תָסוּר, מִן-הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר-יַגִּידוּ לְךָ--יָמִין וּשְׂמֹאל

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 May 11, 2018 at 10:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #57  
alisam Says:

those practices have been "decided" by men only.....I guess women do not always feel comfortable dealing with a man (anything to do with taharat hamishpacha fo4r example).I welcome women to be spiritual leaders: I am sure they will do a great job and I am pretty sure the rebbe would not really cry

since women even a so called rabbit can't pasken shailos so you would have to go to a real rabbi anyway (even on anything to do with taharat hamishpacha)

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 May 11, 2018 at 10:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #60  
Anonymous Says:

"Are you stupid" is a nice statement if you dont have an answer. 99% of Lakewood Rabbis REFORM the Halacha , Sulchan Aruch according to their Business Interest, starting with Boys (Not the seriously learning types) in the Freezer instead of telling them to get married at 18 as clearly the Halacha but its bad for their business. We don't need to continue with the rest like randomly picked Yungeleit representing Lakewoods Shite traveling on Shabos after a Storm warning and help offer to stay.
"Are you stupid" shows you as Trumpist who believe more in Meshiach Trump than in the Torah . "Waahavtem et Hager"

maybe you should learn some Torah that's talking about a convert you probably also believe the main thing in Judaism is tikun olam which according to leftist like you means supporting abortion on demand gay marriage and no religious freedom

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 May 11, 2018 at 11:06 AM AriLe Says:

Reply to #9  
apdsvys Says:

I'm waiting for Chabad to come out with a strong statement against this ( But I'm not holding my breath)

Why should Chabad have to answer for someone who now considers herself modern Orthodox?

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