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The Women's Torah Commentary

New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions

Edited by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein

6 x 9, 496 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-076-6

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Women rabbis are changing the face of Judaism. Discover how their interpretations of the Torah can enrich your perspective.
“Rich and engaging … makes available to a wide readership the collective wisdom of women who have changed the face of Judaism.”
Judith Plaskow, author, Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective; professor of religious studies, Manhattan College
Here, for the first time, women’s unique experiences and perspectives are applied to the entire Five Books of Moses, offering all of us the first comprehensive commentary by women.
In this groundbreaking book, more than 50 women rabbis come together to offer us inspiring insights on the Torah, in a week-by-week format. Included are commentaries by the first women ever ordained in the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements, and by many other women across these denominations who serve in the rabbinate in a variety of ways.
This rich resource offers new perspectives to inspire all of us to gain deeper meaning from the Torah and a heightened appreciation of Judaism.
A major contribution to modern biblical commentary. The gift of choice for every young woman’s bat mitzvah, and for anyone wanting a new, exciting view of Torah.
Contributing Rabbis:
Rebecca T. Alpert • Lia Bass • Miriam Carey Berkowitz • Elizabeth Bolton • Analia Bortz • Sharon Brous • Judith Gary Brown • Nina Beth Cardin • Diane Aronson Cohen • Sandra J. Cohen • Cynthia A. Culpeper • Lucy H. F. Dinner • Lisa A. Edwards • Amy Eilberg • Sue Levi Elwell • Rachel Esserman • Helaine Ettinger • Susan Fendrick • Lori Forman • Dayle A. Friedman • Elyse D. Frishman • Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer • Shoshana Gelfand • Laura Geller • Elyse M. Goldstein • Julie K. Gordon • Claire Magidovitch Green • Rosette Barron Haim • Jill Hammer • Karyn D. Kedar • Sarra Levine • Valerie Lieber • Ellen Lippmann • Sheryl Nosan • Stacy K. Offner • Sara Paasche-Orlow • Barbara Rosman Penzner • Hara E. Person • Audrey S. Pollack • Sally J. Priesand • Geela-Rayzel Raphael • Laura M. Rappaport • Debra Judith Robbins • Rochelle Robins • Gila Colman Ruskin • Sandy Eisenberg Sasso • Ilene Schneider • Rona Shapiro • Michal Shekel • Beth J. Singer • Sharon L. Sobel • Ruth H. Sohn • Julie Ringold Spitzer z"l • Shira Stern • Pamela Wax • Nancy Wechsler-Azen • Nancy H. Wiener • Elana Zaiman
“The ideas raised are worthy of discussion and the writing is uniformly high in quality. The women rabbis give new life to ancient sisters.”
American Library Association’s Booklist
“Here, women’s pent-up voices on Torah—wise and loving—have burst forth with a richness and exuberance that refreshes the tradition, excites the mind and stirs the Jewish soul.”
Blu Greenberg, author, On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition
“A must-have for every synagogue and church library. Highly recommended for Jews, Christians and anyone studying the Judeo-Christian religion and tradition.”
Church & Synagogue Libraries
“A thoughtful compilation … it offers us an interesting supplement to the traditional Midrashic collections.”
Rabbi David Lieber, Skovron Distinguished Service Professor of Bible, American Jewish University; general editor, Etz Hayyim, a Conservative commentary on the Torah
“A treasure! . . . Christians as well as Jews will be inspired, informed, and challenged by this groundbreaking work.”
Sharon H. Ringe, professor of New Testament, Wesley Theological Seminary;
The Women’s Bible Commentary
 “Torah inspires ever new understandings, and this commentary written by rabbis who are women is the latest example. It provides many surprising insights into a long neglected area of the biblical text.”
Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, editor, The Torah: A Modern Commentary
“A major contribution to modern biblical commentary … for people of all faiths who draw insight from the Five Books of Moses.”
New York Board of Rabbis Bulletin
“The essays in this work touch on almost every contribution that feminist readings of Torah over the past thirty years have brought to Torah study.”
Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal
“This book of thought-provoking commentary is fascinating reading that belongs in all Judaica collections.”
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
“Fresh and challenging, draw[s] deeply on the midrash (oral tradition) as well as feminist psychology and women’s life experiences.”
Jewish Woman Magazine


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