Donation and Dedication of :The Torah: A Modern Commentary, revised edition and :The Torah: A Women’s Commentary at HUC-JIR/New York

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pictured: Shirley Idelson, Dean of HUC-JIR/New York, (left) and Dr. Andrea Weiss, Assistant Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/New York (right)

During Tefillah services at HUC-JIR/New York on November 29, 2010, the HUC-JIR community joined together for the dedication of copies of The Torah: A Modern Commentary, revised edition (published by URJ Press), and The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (published by URJ Press and Women of Reform Judaism) generously donated by the family of Dr. Andrea Weiss. 

Dr. Weiss said, "This week’s parashah reminds us of the symbolic value of ordinary objects. Cows – 7 robust & 7 repulsive; ears of corn ‐‐ 7 solid & 7 scorched. “The dream is one” (Gen 41:26), Joseph advises Pharaoh: 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. Good times & bad times. Abundance & absence. Be sure to save and savor what you have now, for want awaits.  So, too, the Torah commentaries we donate and dedicate today carry symbolic value. They symbolize the memories of those we loved and lost; they make present the absence that follows in the wake of illness and death."  Click here to read Dr. Weiss's talk at the dedication.


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