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Yoetzet Halacha

Netivot Shalom is proud to partner with Rinat Yisrael in supporting the position of a Yoetzet Halacha in Bergen County.

Yoatzot Halacha are women certified by a panel of Orthodox rabbis to be a resource for women with questions regarding Taharat Hamishpachah (an area of Jewish Law that relates to marriage, sexuality and women’s health). This role was devised to assist women who are more comfortable discussing very personal issues with another woman.

The purposes of this position are:

  • To encourage women to feel comfortable asking all of their questions in Hilchot Niddah in a way that also enables them to share all of the relevant details.
  • To give a woman not only a specific response to the issue she is dealing with at that moment but to give her the guidance and general advice that will help her get from Point A to Point B in dealing with her overall situation at the present time and in the future.
  • To provide education through shiurim, lectures, and long one on one phone calls so that women understand Hilchot Niddah, feel more in control of what is happening to them and are therefore better equipped to ask good questions.
  • To engender positive feelings about the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha, the sensitivity of Rabbanim and how the halachic system works so that couples can observe these laws with greater commitment and less resentment.

Shoshana Samuels moved to Teaneck from Be’er Sheva, Israel, where she and her husband Ayol lived for three years. They have two little boys, Yehuda and Shlomo. While living in Israel Shoshana studied at Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Halachic Institute to train to be a Yoetzet Halacha and received a Masters in Jewish Philosophy at Ben Gurion University. She found the intensive Beit Midrash studies at Nishmat to be invigorating and a great continuation of her studies at Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies. Shoshana will be teaching Halacha and Jewish Philosophy at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School. She looks forward to putting her years of study into practice as a Yoetzet Halacha for Rinat Yisrael.

Shoshana welcomes your questions — anyone in the community should feel free to contact her privately by phone or through the website contact form (this will not be shared with anyone else). She fields questions from the greater Englewood, Teaneck and Bergenfield Jewish communities as well as from outside of Bergen County from people who have heard of the Yoetzet initiative through relatives and friends.

Shoshana can be reached at (201) 655-2180 or

For opportunities to contribute to the Yoetzet Halacha program, please contact Rabbi Helfgot.

Fri, January 18 2019 12 Shevat 5779