Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses

Dianne Cohler-Esses is the first Syrian Jewish woman to be ordained as a rabbi. She was ordained in 1995 at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is currently a freelance educator and writer, teaching and writing about a wide range of Jewish subjects. She lives in New York City with her journalist husband and their three children.

Articles by Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses

You Are What You Eat

Shemini: A resource for parents.

Feeling Grateful

Tzav: A resource for parents.

Rituals…Anchors for Our Lives

Vayikra: A resource for parents.

The Value of Rest

Vayakhel: A resource for parents.

Believing in the Story’s End

Why we tell the story of Passover

Negotiating A Relationship With God

In constructing the Golden Calf, the Israelites attempted to create a mediated, safe relationship with an awesome and consuming God.

We Are The Narrative

In the shift from narrative to law, we become the actors performing the narrative of liberation.