|Description: Translations of the halakhic opinions of Rav Abraham Ha-Kohen Kook
and Rav BenZion Uziel on the questions of the permissibility women's
suffrage, and more generally, women's participation in public life.
The documents were written in 1919 and 1920, when the authors held
the offices of Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Jerusalem and Chief
Sephardic Rabbi of Jaffa respectively, and the question of women's
suffrage was first debated in the Western world and Palestine. Rav
Kook argued that women's suffrafe as well as participation in public
life were strictly forbidden by Jewish law and ethics, while Rav
Uziel maintained that both were absolute rights accorded women by the
Torah and the logic of democratic principles.