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Rabbanit Michal Kohane

2021/5781

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Ekev

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D’var Torah; Parshat Ekev; Parsha; Body image; Food; Israel; Korbanot; Kosher; Mitzvah; Mizbe'ach; Society; Talmud; Tanakh

The idea of eating to live is not sourced in Judaic texts; rather, the opposite seems to be true. Tracing through the Torah and into gemara, Rabbanit Michal Kohane illustrates the importance of eating and the beauty of food as God and humanity interact with it.

Sasha Rogelberg

July 22, 2021

In the News

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Article; Community; Education; Feminism; Megillah; Shul; Torah study

In a communal first, Philadelphia’s Mikveh Israel hosted its first Eicha reading by women in continuation with a series of women’s readings and new educational opportunities about participant involvement in shul. Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter attributes some of the shift to the way the pandemic lowered the aesthetic of the mechitzah in communal events.

Rabba Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz

2021/5781

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Va'etchanan

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D’var Torah; Parshat Va’etchanan; Parsha; Comparative texts; Coping; Evil; God; Good; Israel; Love; Midrash; Talmud; Tanakh

Moshe, like so many other characters in Tanakh, is let down by his response to God’s injustice. Rabba Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz discusses the different ways people respond to theodicy and what we can learn about coping through these cases.

Jordan Kutzik, in The Forward

July 20, 2021

In the News

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Darshanit Dr. Miriam Udel; Article; Children; Community; Feminism; Language; Leadership; Literature; Story; Women in history; Women Rabbis; Yiddish

Darshanit Miriam Udel chose her title upon graduation in honor of Rivke bas Meir Tiktiner, the first woman to write a book in Yiddish. Now, as her own anthology of independently-translated Yiddish children’s stories is released, she speaks about the path which led her to study Yiddish and to receive ordination.

Nomi Kaltmann, in Religion & Politics

July 20, 2021

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Rabba Sara Hurwitz; Article; Community; Feminism; Jewish life; Leadership; LGBTQIA; Torah study; Women Rabbis

While the rabbinate was once sufficiently represented as an older European man, as demographics of the Jewish community continue to shift, the rabbinate evolved as well. People across races, genders and sexual orientations have found places in clergy positions, Orthodox women not excepted. Nomi Kaltmann interviews a number of her colleagues and fellow students about the changes.

Rabbanit Michal Kohane, in The Times of Israel Blogs

July 18, 2021

In the News

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Article; Holidays; Ta’anit; Tish’a Be’Av; Beit Ha-Mikdash; Community; Israel; Politics; Talmud

On the tenth of Av, the Beit Ha-Mikdash burnt down until midday, and over a thousand years later, Gush Katif was liquidated. Rabbanit Michal Kohane discusses the dark parallels between the two expulsions and destructions on the anniversary of the event.

Aliza Libman Baronofsky

2021/5781

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Devarim

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D’var Torah; Parshat Devarim; Parashah; Comparative texts; Decision; Responsibility; Speech; Spies; Storytelling

The narrative Moshe tells the Jews during the final speech he gives tells a story different than the one present throughout the course of Tanakh. Aliza Libman Baronofsky compares the two stories and offers insight into what true leadership means and the power of a choice.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz, in The Times of Israel Blogs

July 12, 2021

In the News

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Rabba Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz; Article; Empathy; Feminism; Jewish life; JOFA; Semikha; Torah study

Comparing her own semikha and its backlash with Rabba Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz’s similar position, Rabba Sara Hurwitz speaks about the leaps and bounds of progress made by society in the past decade and the compassion yet to come.

Rabba Claudia Marbach

2021/5781

Dvar Torah / Bamidbar / Matot; Masei

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D’var Torah; Parshat Matot; Parshat Masei; Parsha; Empathy; Hearing; Israel; Oaths; Speaking; Teshuvah; Yom Kippur

The end of Bamidbar drops the Jews on the brink of entering Israel, placing them in the same situation which had last been laid out forty years prior. Rabba Claudia Marbach analyzes the nature of teshuvah process and the call to listen to others as seen through the Jews entering Israel, just as other paths have led to questioning past decisions and working towards a more forgiving future.

Jenni Frazer, in Jewish News

July 6, 2021

In the News

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Rabba Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz; Conflict; Feminism; Jewish life; Leadership; Teaching

Following international backlash and debate, Rabba Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz has been given back her research fellowship at London School of Jewish Studies “on the basis of academic merit” which respects the decision mandated by the Chief Rabbi but welcomes her back to the faculty.