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Question 8.3:
What is the Reform view of the role of women in Judaism?


Reform believes in the equality of men and women, and, where necessary, has introduced alternative mitzvot and rituals to address religious needs in this fashion. Reform allows women to be both rabbis and cantors, counts them as part of the minyon (quorum for public prayer), allows women to initiate a divorce, and provides a berit-equivalent ceremony for girls (no medical procedure is done, however).

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