Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR, took part in the 99th Deutscher Katholikentag (German Catholic Church Congress) from May 28 through June 1, 2014, in Regensburg, Germany. Rabbi Marx participated in a panel discussion with Joachim Gauck, President, Germany, and other German politicians, and spoke on the role of religion in society today.
During the panel discussion, Rabbi Marx explained, "Religion must address today's questions and challenges - such as women's rights and the true inclusion of LGBT people - otherwise it is but an old nostalgic relic from the past."
Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., earned her doctorate at the Hebrew University and her rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR in Jerusalem and Cincinnati. She is involved in various research projects and is active in promoting liberal Judaism in Israel. Rabbi Marx writes for academic and popular journals and publications. She is the author of When I Sleep and When I Wake: On Prayers Between Dusk and Dawn (Yediot Sfarim 2010, in Hebrew) and A Feminist Commentary of the Babylonian Talmud (Mohr Siebeck, 2013, in English). Rabbi Marx lives in Jerusalem with her husband Rabbi Roly Zylbersztein, Ph.D., and their three children.
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