Dvora Weisberg is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Rabbinics and Director of School of Rabbinical Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Before coming to HUC-JIR, Dr. Weisberg taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Weisberg’s book Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism explores the ancient rabbis’ understanding of family and familial relationships. She has written extensively on levirate marriage and gender issues in rabbinic literature.
Dr. Weisberg teaches frequently in informal settings, including adult education programs in congregations, several summers at the URJ Kallah and sessions for the CCAR and its regional conventions.
Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism, University Press of New England/Brandeis University Press, 2009.
“Women and Torah Study in Aggadah” in Women and Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship, Frederick Greenspan, ed., NYU Press, 2009, 41-63.
“Desirable but Dangerous: Rabbis’ Daughters in the Bavli.” Hebrew Union College Annual, 75 (2004), 121-161.
“The Widow of our Discontent: Levirate Marriage in the Bible and Ancient Israel.” The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 28:4 (2004), 403-429.
“Insiders or Outsiders: Women and Rabbinic Literature.” Judaism, Volume 52, Issue 207/208 (Fall 2003), 203-215.
"Men Imagining Women Imagining God: Gender Issues in Classical Midrash." In Agendas for the Study of Midrash in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Marc Lee Raphael, The Department of Religion of the College of William and Mary (1999), 63-83.