Why I’m OK Keeping Orthodox Women in their Girls Club

Rachel Wizenfeld

The gemarah says¬†ayn chavish matir atzmo m’bais asurim,¬†a prisoner cannot free themselves from prison.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of this gemarah while reading this article in The Forward where Rachel Wizenfeld, who has no say in the matter, defended the Orthodox ban on women rabbis.

The last time I was reminded of this gemarah was when a Belzer woman from London defended the ban on women’s driving in her community. I was, like, lady nobody asked you whether you agree with this ban, you’re the one being banned.

But this is not the main reason I agree with Rachel Wizenfeld. I mostly agree with her because it’s much better for me to keep women in their girls clubs so they have no idea how much fun we have at shul in the kiddush club. The main reason women are kept behind the mechitza instead of inside it or on the pulpit is so that they think their husbands are sitting and listening nicely to the rav’s speech, while in reality most of the shul is chilling in the kitchen.

Also, as long as women don’t become rabbis because they believe they’re supposed to be in the kitchen or bathing the kids; why would I complain?

I’m not complaining. Rachel and all her buddies are welcome to have their girls clubs. Heck, I’m joining their shul and introducing my wife to them.