|No, judaism is not all about egalitarian practice because it does not view men and women as the same, with the same spiritual makeup. None is better or worse, but different.
I didn't read the other thread and it's very early here, so I'm a bit brainfogged
I just saw this point made and wanted to make one of my own.
Like any religion or spiritual belief on the face of the planet, different ppl define Judaism in different ways. What I quoted above from BB says it perfectly; I actually believe that true feminism doesn't DENY the inherent, fundamental differences of men and women but celebrates them and uses the strengths of both sexes to the fullest advantage. I think that's why so many ppl confuse certain belief systems with sexism; we're taught that "modern" people DON'T focus on the differences between men and women.......... and when ppl DO focus on those differences, they believe women are being degraded in some way.
For example: not sleeping in the same bed until a woman's postpartum bleeding stops. It's not because she is unclean; it is, rather, a sign of respect for the woman... giving her plenty of space to rest and recuperate, bond with the baby, not feel pressured to have sex with her husband... same thing with not having sex during certain times of the month. Maybe (correct me if I'm wrong?) the closest word the English language has for this is "unclean".... but it doesn't mean what we think it does (if that makes any sense at all
My old therapist was orthodox and he was explaining that women are the invisible force running it all. That if a woman asks a man to leave the home, he must leave. That a woman is technically in charge of their house and home life and her decisions are the rules. Sure, there are families who's husbands treat them like property... but that's with any culture, any religion, any people... it's not necessarily an overriding and unwritten rule... it's just how some ppl decided to interpret it for themselves.
I think that it's hard interpreting Jewish law with the English language without MISinterpreting it. I still consider it a patriarchal religion because all the figureheads are male... or, should I say, just because all the figureheads are male doesn't necessarily make it a patriarchal religion if the women are in the background pulling the strings?
I've befuddled myself and I have to get ready for my dentist appt. Three hour dentist appt!! Yuck. Luckily I have Valium for this excursion