I thought I believed in Women’s Lib, but I think I may have changed my mind.
This Shabbos has given me a week’s worth of posts, but I’ll start with this.
My friend’s parents went to the Agudah Convention this weekend, and left her home alone. This of course means one thing: PARTY IN DA HOUSE!!!!
We are good Bais Yaakov girls, so we settled on a “Girl’s Shabbaton” (Tons to write about that concept, but later)
So being the good girls we are, we needed a D’var Torah, or a Jewish Word as my mother calls it.
I tried to get away with a “Shalom” (That’s a Jewish word, right?)
But my Yavne Chossid of a friend would not have that. She took out a Chumish, found some obscure commentary, read through it, and then told a beautifully complex D’var Torah which segued into a great discussion on Ahava, Yeara, Bashert, Free Will, Vicissitudes of life etc.
It was really nice and fun and engaging
But I was very disconcerted with my friend’s ease and familiarity with the Chumish. She navigated it like she read it every day (and she doesn’t). In my head that level of skill is reserved for boys. Is it necessary, and useful and natural for a girl to have these skills?
Then again I’m totally jealous of her. I want to be able to do that (I have a the worst kriah and Hebrew in the world, I can understand most concepts presented to me, I just can’t read them in their original context)
What do you think of girl’s learning skills?