The past several decades have witnessed an increased interest in therole of women in Judaism, specifically in the area of Torah study.The spotlight has often been shined, from various perspectives, upon rabbinic sources that view women Torah scholars favorably. While working on tangential material, I stumbled upon a disturbing problem regarding some of the more oft-cited sources, one which—distressing and disappointing though it may be—demands our attention. I shall state my conclusions from the very outset, asking the reader to bear in mind that this essay takes no stance on the contentious issues related to the sources I shall examine. The only position this essay shall assume relates to the sources themselves, what they say and what they plainly do not say.
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