Miryam was a prophetess, and Deborah was a judge. Are women allowed to teach men or to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh according to halakhah?

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    As an example of a modern sefer, consider Eishes Chayil by Shira Hochheimer which has haskomos by Rabbi Zev Leff and Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky. Given that they have provided haskomos, it would appear to be allowed. – sabbahillel Dec 3 '17 at 2:55

Women are indeed able to teach and write commentaries on Tanakh. There are many such examples. One of the most famous is Nechama Leibowitz who taught Torah for more than 55 years and was awarded the Israel Prize in education. Her writings on the weekly Torah portion were read by thousands as published and an edited selection were later published as books.

A more recent example is Sivan Rahav-Meir whose writings on the weekly Torah portion are followed by 140,000+ people on facebook (English here) and who recently published a first book on the topic.

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    @patient R. Mazuz and R. Ovadya Yosef seem fine with her writings: ykr.org.il/modules/Ask/answer/12941. – mevaqesh Dec 3 '17 at 4:51
  • @mbloch--So how does the position of women in Orthodox Judaism differ from that in Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism? – Clifford Durousseau Dec 23 '17 at 17:45
  • @Cliff as far as I know, there isn't a difference in position. Just maybe a difference in cultural norms, and frequency of such commentators. – mevaqesh Dec 23 '17 at 23:42
  • @CliffordDurousseau see judaism.stackexchange.com/q/80379/16354 and answers. Conservative and Reform Judaism allow many of the "prohibitions" discussed in the question. – רבות מחשבות Apr 22 '18 at 16:40

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