Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Several years ago the National Council of Young Israel made news when a story came out that they banned women from being the president of a shul. (See here and here for details.) My question is:

share|improve this question
I feel like this has been covered already,the Rambam in Hilchos Melachim writes that they are not permitted – sam Apr 25 '14 at 1:47
אין מעמידין אשה במלכות שנאמר עליך מלך ולא מלכה וכן כל משימות שבישראל אין ממנים בהם אלא איש – sam Apr 25 '14 at 1:55
Concerning becoming president of Israel see Igros Moshe YD 2:45 hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14676&st=&pgnum=59 – sam Apr 25 '14 at 2:06
@sam - does that apply to a democracy? – Shmuel Apr 25 '14 at 2:09
There are religious women in Knesset. Though actually, i'm not so sure about using the plural here. The only one i can think of right now is Orit Struk (Bayit Yehudi). – Scimonster Apr 25 '14 at 5:08

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.