Female Servitude...Wait, What?

The Surprising Purpose Of The Bible’s Female Slavery Laws

Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman


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In this week's parsha, we read about the laws of the female slave. Is the Bible actually condoning parents who sell their daughter into slavery?? How are we, as 21st-century students of the Torah, meant to understand this? More importantly, how are we meant to apply what the Bible teaches us about female slavery?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman shows us that the laws of female slavery may not be as they appear. Female servitude may actually help to address social and economic inequality. Far from barbaric, female servitude may be one of the Torah's means for creating a fairer society and a better world.

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