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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“Chavi Toker, a senior attorney at the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office, has been appointed for a judgeship in the Jerusalem Magistrate Court.
This wouldn’t be a big deal if she wasn’t a Haredi woman from the inner-circles of the Yeshivot leaders…[1]
A graduate of the Beit Yaakov Hahadash Seminary in Jerusalem, Toker is the daughter-in-law of the late Rabbi Nahman Toker, dean of the Hebron Yeshiva in Jerusalem’s Givat Mordechai neighborhood. [2]
This is news indeed!.”

-Yehezkel Rozenblum’s post in ‘Israeli Haredim’ Facebook group

[Selected Comments:]

-“If there was another woman of the same religious / Haredi community without such status, she would be denounced from her own party on the grounds that she was not ‘Haredi’ enough … or on the contrary, the whole story wouldn’t be mentioned at all”

-“Are there any Historians in the audience? Please go and check the opinions of her [Chavi’s] in-laws regarding academic study… maybe it’s one for ‘aristocratic families’ and another for the ‘simple people’…” [3]

0202 Editor’s notes;
[1] Yeshiva is a Jewish institution that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud and the Torah. In Haredi communities, the heads of Yeshivas are largely influential in internal affairs and politics.
[2] Hebron Yeshiva, is a highly influential and historical yeshiva devoted to the high-level study of the Talmud. It originated in 1924 when the leaders and 150 students of the Slabodka Yeshiva, known colloquially as the "mother of yeshivas", relocated to Hebron. The relocation was due to a 1924 edict requiring enlistment in the military or supplementary secular studies in the yeshiva. After which, 24 students were murdered in the 1929 Hebron massacre, and the yeshiva was re-established in Jerusalem.
[3] There are differing opinions among Rabbis of the Haredi communities regarding study in academic institutions, especially with regard to Haredi women. This topic is raised for discussion due to the fact that Chavi Toker has a second degree in Law from the Hebrew University.

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