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Another Step Towards Messianic Women Rabbis

I just returned from Hartford, Connecticut where I attended three days of annual business meetings for the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC). As in years past, this year’s meetings introduced further discussions and decisions on matters of great importance to … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Voice

Rabbi Regina Jonas In 1972, when Sally Priesand was ordained at the Reform Movement’s Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, she was mistakenly referred to as the “first female rabbi ever.” She was indeed the first woman ordained in America, but not “ever” … Continue reading

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A Global Day of Jewish Learning

Today Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz completed his monumental translation of the Talmud into Modern Hebrew – a feat begun 45 years ago. Nearly 400 communities around the world joined together today for a global day of Jewish Learning to mark this … Continue reading

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Where was Adam?

I am in LA this week for two MJTI Summer intensive classes, and we are spending our mornings studying Eicha Rabbah. As a part of our discussion this morning I ended up running across this fascinating commentary on Adam and … Continue reading

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Learning from recent genocide survivors

My friend Laura Waters Hinson has been busy promoting her fantastic documentary film titled “As We Forgive Those.” The film follows two women, both survivors of Rwanda’s recent genocide, as they confront their families’ murderers, released from prison through Rwanda’s … Continue reading

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Kristallnacht, Conflict, and the Congo

It seems quite fitting that on the eve of the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, Monique and I attended a staged reading of RUINED at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Written by award winning playwright Lynn Nottage, RUINED is a powerful … Continue reading

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What do we call a woman rabbi?

The question in Israel this week … is what to call a woman Rabbi? According to the Jerusalem Post hundreds of Orthodox and religious women gathered in Israel for a conference on women and women’s issues within Orthodoxy. The conference … Continue reading

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Quote of the day

Until relatively recently, virtually all the interpreters of scripture were men. Over the long centuries of Jewish and Christian biblical study, perspectives on female figures have been provided by male theologians, sages, artists, writers, clergy, and scientists. Directly or indirectly, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. It is widespread. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at … Continue reading

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Women in Early Judaism

During the Second Temple period in ancient Israel, women were able to actively participate within the larger society, both socially and religiously. Women served as leaders of synagogues, participated in ritual services, learned and taught Jewish law, were counted in … Continue reading

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