Women And The Jewish Religion

979 Words Sep 29th, 2014 4 Pages
Throughout history the roles people have play a major part in how their society is run. Roles in societies are used as a way to establish order. By giving each person a specific role it allows them to carry out specific duties and obligations. Each religion has a certain way they perceive and treat certain people. It can be based on class, intelligence or even gender. Gender plays a big part in how a society is run. Judaism is one religion where “it believes, and continues to maintain, that within its religious life men and women have distinct and differentiated roles (Sacks, 1978).” Sacks explains, “that human freedom extends to the freedom to choose our commitments and obligations and since we do not choose to be a man or a woman how then can our being one or the other have any moral or religious significance (Sacks, 1978)?” In this essay I will address how and why woman are treated very respectfully in the Jewish religion rather than the misconception that they are treated in a degrading way.
Judaism bases its foundation of understanding around the Torah. The Torah is the whole body of Jewish law and teachings or the Jewish bible. “Judaism may be described as an "ethical monotheism", a religion based on a concept that there is a single incorporeal God who gives commandments which constitute a moral law for all humanity (Lacey, 2007).” Judaism is based on religious laws. “The Oral Law is a legal commentary on the Torah, explaining how its commandments are to be carried…
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