Q: Is it true that Judaism relegates women to a lower status than men?
A: G-d created every person with a particular mission to accomplish. The person receives all the “tools” that s/he needs to accomplish his/her life’s mission. Accomplishing this mission is the most important thing that one can do.
It is specifically righteous women whose merit will bring us the final redemption. This is the Jewish approach to women. The notion that women are akin to slaves, etc. is not a Jewish concept. You might want to read what the Midrash has to say about some of our Jewish heroines; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Miriam, Chana, etc. etc. These prototypical women were anything but “second class citizens.” These “ideal” Jewish women are role models for all Jewish women throughout history.
Rabbi Ginsburgh has written a book about the Jewish marriage relationship, called “The Mystery of Marriage.” The book describes and analyzes the elements of the symbiotic and beautiful relationship between husband and wife, based on Kabbalah and Chassidut.
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