Although the topic of women and reclining is not on the top of anyone’s list when thinking about women in Judaism, it actually cuts directly to the most important and the core questions of women’s social status. Do the Rabbis consider a married woman to be free and liberated? Are there exceptional women? Has women’s status changed over time and how does that change affect her participation in ritual? Through this interesting case study Rahel Berkovits will examine some of the important issues facing us in the modern day.