As she began studying her traditional Jewish roots, Marina Goodman was deeply troubled by this question. Why Should I stand behind the mechitza when I could be a prayer leader? shares the profound, surprising, and inspiring answers that she discovered on her quest to find an answer. Blending solid Jewish scholarship with her own saga, this book takes on many of the issues facing the Jewish woman today: the role of women and men in Jewish life, modesty, marriage and family, and women's relationship to prayer and Torah learning. An essential read for any woman who wants to fully appreciate and understand her unique and prestigious place within Judaism.