Andrea Weiss - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Andrea Weiss, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost

HUC-JIR/New York

Academic Field: 
Bible and Cognate Studies

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Dr. Andrea Weiss is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously, she served as Associate Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/New York.

Dr. Weiss was ordained at HUC-JIR and received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (URJ Press, 2008), which won the Jewish Book Council's 2008 Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. She also created a highly innovative response to the emerging political landscape known as American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters, which was published by the University of Cincinnati Press.

Dr. Weiss’s leadership within HUC-JIR has helped reshape curriculum for the rabbinical program across the campuses and built a deeper sense of community at the New York campus. She developed the Worship Working Group in 2003 and has continued to oversee this group of students and faculty who work together to reflect on and improve worship there. She has played a leadership role in major initiatives such as the Spirituality Initiative of the New York School, the Mandel Initiative in Building Capacity for Visionary Leadership, and the annual New York Kallah.

Selected Publications and Edited Works
The Torah: A Women's Commentary

The Torah: A Women's Commentary, ed. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea L. Weiss (New York: URJ Press, 2008).

Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative

Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative: Metaphor in the Book of Samuel, Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 107 (Leiden: Brill, 2006).

"By Women, About Women, For Women? -- A New Torah Commentary for a New Millennium," co-authored with Jason Kalman, in a volume marking the 100th anniversary of Women of Reform Judaism, (Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives, forthcoming).

"Figures of Speech: Biblical Hebrew," in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

"Motives Behind Biblical Mixed Metaphors," in Making a Difference: Essays on the Bible and Judaism in Honor of Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, ed. David J.A. Clines, Kent Harold Richards, Jacob L. Wright (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012).

"From 'Mixed Metaphors' to 'Adjacent Analogies': An Analysis of the Poetry of Hosea," in Built by Wisdom, Established by Understanding: Essays on Biblical and Near Eastern Literature in Honor of Adele Berlin (Bethesda: University Press of Maryland, 2013).

"Poetry, Biblical," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

"A New Approach to Metaphor in Biblical Poetry," in Mishneh Todah: Studies in Deuteronomy and Its Cultural Environment in Honor of Jeffrey H. Tigay, ed. Nili S. Fox, David A. Glatt-Gilad, Michael J. Williams (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009).

"Biblical Poetry," in The Jewish Bible: A JPS Guide (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2008; reprint of the introductory article in Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible).

"Poetry, Biblical," in Encyclopedia Judaica, eds. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. 2nd ed. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007).

Introduction to Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible, ed. Rena Potok (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2006; revised version of the Encyclopaedia Judaica article).

"Teaching the Preaching of Isaiah," Homiletix e-Forum (Spring, 2006), Academy of Homiletics.

"Canon and Curriculum: How We Choose What We Teach," co-authored with William Cutter, Religious Education 93 (1998) 82-101.

"In Gratitude for Light and Fire," in Jewish Spiritual Journeys, ed. Lawrence A. Hoffman and Arnold Jacob Wolf (West Orange, NJ: Behrman House, Inc., 1997).

"Female Imagery in the Book of Isaiah," CCAR Journal, Winter 1994

"From Disease to Dialogue: An Introduction to Jewish-Muslim Dialogue," in Shalom/Salaam: A Resource for Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, ed. Gary Bretton-Granatoor and Andrea Weiss (New York: UAHC Press, 1993; Translated into Arabic, 1995).

"Creative Readings of the Covenant: An Interfaith Approach," Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Summer-Fall 1993.

Public Lecture Topics
Opening the Door to the Deep -- The Legacy of The Torah: A Women's Commentary
The Poetry of Torah: Voices from The Torah: A Women's Commentary
Intermarriage, Homosexuality, and Gender: How Reform Jews Read the Torah Today
Bitter to Sweet: Why Torah Study Matters
Trends in Biblical Translation: Forcing a Nightingale to Imitate a Coocoo
Strange Fire and Troubling Texts
The Potential Power of the Psalms: Ancient Words, Modern Wisdom
Power, Passion, & Politics: What Can We Learn from King David?
Turn It and Turn It Again: Uncovering Female Imagery for God in the Hebrew Bible
A Light Unto The Nations": Prophetic Context, Contemporary Relevance
Let Justice Roll Like Water: Prophetic Roots of Modern Day Social Action
Who Knows Ten? -- New Insights on the Ten Commandments
What's So Funny About the Book of Esther?