The groundbreaking volume The Torah: A Women's Commentary, published by URJ Press and Women of Reform Judaism, has been awarded the top prize in the oldest Jewish literary award program, the 2008 National Jewish Book Awards.
This import work is the result of 14 years of planning, research, and fundraising.
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THE HISTORY: At the 39th Women of Reform Judaism Assembly in San Francisco, Cantor Sarah Sager challenged Women of Reform Judaism delegates to "imagine women feeling permitted, for the first time, feeling able, feeling legitimate in their study of Torah." WRJ accepted that challenge. The Torah: A Women's Commentary was introduced at the Union for Reform Judaism 69th Biennial Convention in San Diego in December 2007.
WRJ has commissioned the work of the world's leading Jewish female Bible scholars, rabbis, historians, philosophers and archaeologists. Their collective efforts resulted in the first comprehensive commentary, authored only by women, on the Five Books of Moses, including individual Torah portions as well as the Hebrew and English translation.
The Torah: A Women's Commentary gives dimension to the women's voices in our tradition. Under Editor Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi's skillful leadership, this commentary provides insight and inspiration for all who study Torah: men and women, Jew and non-Jew. As Dr. Eskenazi has eloquently stated, "we want to bring the women of the Torah from the shadow into the limelight, from their silences into speech, from the margins to which they have often been relegated to the center of the page - for their sake, for our sake and for our children's sake."
New in 2005, this Revised Edition brings contemporary values and a fresh vibrancy to the 1981 Plaut edition, North America's longtime most popular Torah commentary.
Now divided by parashiyot
Aliyot markers included in each parashah Haftarah follows each parashah Side-by-side English and Hebrew translation Gender-sensitive Clearer type, vowels, and cantillation marks
Heads and Tales: Stories of the Sages to Enlighten Our Minds
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg's new book Heads and Tales: Stories from the Sages to Enlighten our Minds brings age-old tales to life once more. Designed as an introduction to the art of reading rabbinic literature, Heads and Tales opens the door to the creative genius of the rabbis of long ago.
Using this carefully selected collection of stories, Heads and Tales will help instill a love of Jewish stories, while also helping students gain the skills needed to be critical readers of these traditional stories. In addition, these stories demonstrate that the issues that concerned our ancestors in past generations are similar or are the same as those that concern us today. The tales found in the book, while they may have been written in years gone by, remain most relevant.
Perfect introduction to traditional text study
Texts provided in both Hebrew and English
Discussion questions included
Insightful commentary on each story
Well-suited for high school or adult education classes
This travel edition of The Torah: A Modern Commentary includes the full text of the revised edition in a size that is easy to transport. The reinforced binding and smaller size makes it useful for students and ideal for traveling.
Taste of Text, A: An Introduction to Talmud and Midrash
In this introduction to the study of Jewish texts, Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs guides students in the reading, investigating, and questioning of talmudic and midrashic materials. Using many of his favorite ethical texts, Rabbi Isaacs addresses sixteen topics of religious and personal importance. The subjects range from the value of friendship to protecting and repairing the earth.