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“I shall be what I shall be” - The Story of Rabbiner Regina Jonas

Liz Elsby
  1. Elisa Klapheck, Fräulein Rabbiner Jonas: The Story of the First Woman Rabbi (San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004), p. 51. 
  2. Abraham Jonas was deported to the east during the Holocaust and most likely murdered there. 
  3. "Halacha" refers to the collective body of Jewish religious law covering the way Jews are to live. 
  4. Klapheck, Elisa, "Regina Jonas." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia (1 March 2009); Jewish Women's Archive, http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/jonas-regina. Accessed August 1, 2012. 
  5. Elisa Klapheck, Fräulein Rabbiner Jonas, p. 124.
  6. "Paskan" here is used in the sense of making halachic decisions about Jewish law. 
  7. Ibid., p. 160-161.
  8. Ibid., p. 161.
  9. Ibid., p. 71. 
  10. Baeck signed Regina’s ordination in 1941, prior to his deportation, and was a supporter of Regina's rabbinic aspirations. Ironically, however, although Baeck survived the Holocaust, he never mentioned his female colleague. 
  11. Frankel, as well, never mentioned Regina Jonas after the war.
  12. Klapheck, Elisa, "Regina Jonas."
  13. Klapheck, Elisa, "Regina Jonas."