Dr. Dvora Weisberg promoted to Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature

Thursday, July 1, 2004

Dr. Dvora Weisberg has been promoted to Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

In announcing the promotion, Dr. Norman J. Cohen, Provost, said, "Through her creative scholarship, superb teaching, and collegial involvement in institutional planning, Dr. Weisberg already has had a huge impact on our community."

Dr. Weisberg also serves as Associate Professor of Rabbinics and Director of the Beit Midrash at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Before coming to HUC-JIR, she taught at the College of William and Mary and the University of Pittsburgh. She received the Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1994.

Dr. Weisberg is especially interested in gender issues in rabbinic texts. She is currently working on a book on the evolution of levirate marriage in classical Judaism. Her publications include:

  • "The Widow of Our Discontent: Levirate Marriage in the Bible and Ancient Israel," JSOT 28:4 (2004), 403-429
  • "The Babylonian Talmud's Treatment of Levirate Marriage." In The Annual of Rabbinic Judaism: Ancient, Medieval and Modern, Vol. 3 (Fall 2000), 35-66.
  • "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.
  • "Levirate Marriage and Halitzah in the Mishnah." In The Annual of Rabbinic Judaism: Ancient, Medieval and Modern, Vol. 1 (Fall 1998), 37-69.
  • "The Study of Torah as a Spiritual Act." In Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality, ed. Dianne Ashton and Ellen Umansky. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.
  • "On Wearing Tallit and Tefillin." In Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue, ed. Susan Grossman and Rivka Haut. Philadelphia


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