Nishmat’s Yoatzot Halacha are Women Advisors in Jewish Law as it relates to intimate married life and women’s wellness. A voice of halachic authenticity informed by empathy and moderation, Yoatzot Halacha advise women on marriage and family, the bedrock of Jewish life. Yoatzot focus on women’s spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. Widely admired for their Torah scholarship and fidelity to Jewish law, Yoatzot Halacha respond to questions discreetly, with thoughtful solutions and recommendations.
Yoatzot Halacha Fellows are chosen for their Torah scholarship, leadership potential and yirat shamayim (profound faith). To become a Yoetzet, they complete a rigorous two-year certification program, spending over 1,000 hours immersed in a demanding halachic curriculum, coupled with studies in women’s health (obstetrics and gynecology, fertility, sexuality, genetics, women’s cancers, postpartum wellness, lactation, and psychology). Certified Yoatzot Halacha have passed a series of written exams and comprehensive oral examinations before a panel of prominent poskim (halachic authorities).
Nishmat is the only institution granting Yoatzot Halacha certification. Israeli Fellows study at Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Halachic Institute. Americans and Canadians enroll through Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center for U.S. Yoatzot Halacha.
Contact Yoetzet Halacha Atara Eis, Director of Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center.
U.S. Yoatzot Halacha attend annual Professional Development Seminar with (front row) Miriam Glaubach Center Director & Yoetzet Halacha Atara Eis, Senior Lecturer Rabbi Gedalyah Berger, MGC Dean Rabbi Kenneth Auman, Nishmat’s Founder & Dean Rabbanit Chana Henkin, Yoetzet Halacha Noa Lau, AFN Executive Director Alisha Abboudi, President Emerita, Harriet Sherman Schimel.
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