Beyond the Veil| Tova Hartman is a 53-year old psychologist and Jewish scholar, an Orthodox Jewish woman mounting her own challenge to the religious patriarchy, writes Kevin Douglas Grant for the Religion News Service.
“Shira Hadasha came about after trying to change a lot of the local shuls and not succeeding,” she said, using the Yiddish word for synagogue. “We understand and accept that our agenda does not resonate yet with modern Orthodox establishment shuls and that’s OK. They don’t want to change, and they don’t have to.”
Women and men continue the traditional practice of being divided in Shira Hadasha but the Torah sits in the middle, making it equally accessible to both genders.