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The Missing Half of the Jewish Bookshelf: Israeli Women Writing Midrash

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

Tamar Biala co-edited the first ever volume of midrash written by Israeli women. This collection, titled “Dirshuni”, has already taken a place on the Jewish bookshelf and is being cited, taught and argued over in yeshivot, high schools, synagogues, the press alternative batei midrash, universities and even Army educational programs. The Midrashim deal head on with issues of social justice and the treatment of women by Jewish law and rabbinic authority, and offer deep and wide-ranging discussions of Biblical personalities, women’s religious roles, sexuality and fertility, prayer, the meaning of Torah study, and more. Join us as Tamar Biala shares her story and teaches two midrashim. Rabbi Avi Killip will moderate this session.

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Tamar Biala

Tamar Biala is engaged with Jewish feminism as a writer and lecturer. She served for several years on the board of Kolech, the Religious Women's Forum, under whose auspices she developed high school curricula on gender and religion. Over the last decade she has published two volumes of midrashim written by contemporary Israeli women, “Dirshuni — Midreshei Nashim” (Yediot Acharonot, 2009, 2018); Volume 1 was co-edited with Nehama Weingarten-Mintz. She is now preparing an English edition of “Dirshuni.”
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