Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Participates in Conference on "State and Spirit: The Impact of Sovereignty on Judaism"

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., at left, visiting the Bodleian Library in Oxford

Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, participated in the Oxford Summer Institute in Modern and Contemporary Judaism Conference: "State and Spirit: The Impact of Sovereignty on Judaism." The conference took place in Oxford, England, from June 29-July 9, 2015. Researchers from the United States, Israel, and Europe were in attendance. 

Dr. Marx spoke on "Use of the Discarded Past to Create the Future: Renewal and Incorporation of the Old Eretz-Israel Rite in Contemporary Prayer Books." She stated, "The motivation to revive the old Eretz Yisrael comes from different directions – a desire to find a rooted, vital and authentic local voice, to create new liturgies based on ancient sources expanding the liturgical repertoire, or to revise the prayer theologically and ideologically based on existing precedents. Some stress the concise nature of the Eretz Yisrael prose liturgy, others take delight in its rich poems, some relate to its theological or halakhic superiority, while others maintain that it better reflects 'the spirit of our people' – all of them use the ancient Eretz Yisrael material as useful past that can be molded in order to shape the future."

Rabbi Marx was ordained at the Jerusalem and Cincinnati campuses of HUC-JIR and earned her doctorate at the Hebrew University. She is involved in various research projects and is active in promoting liberal Judaism in Israel. Dr. Marx writes for academic and popular journals and publications and is the author of When I Sleep and When I Wake: On Prayers Between Dusk and Dawn (Yediot Sfarim 2010, Hebrew) and A Feminist Commentary of the Babylonian Talmud (Mohr Siebeck, 2013, English).

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