Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., has published an important essay on "German Orthodox Rabbinical Writings on the Jewish Textual Education of Women: The Views of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer" in Gender and Jewish History, edited by Marion A. Kaplan and Deborah Dash Moore. The volume reveals the importance of gender in interpreting the Jewish past and highlights the profound influence that feminist scholarship has had on the study of Jewish history since the 1970s. In his essay, Rabbi Ellenson traces the restriction of Jewish women to the domestic sphere to Psalm 45:14, which was understood in the Talmud as excluding women from access to classical Jewish textual study. He describes the near revolutionary change in the status of Jewish women's access to study through the writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-88) of Frankfurt, the great champion of New-Orthodox Judaism in the modern world, and Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer (1820-99) of Berlin, founder of the first Orthodox rabbinical seminary on German soil. Their stances provided a pathway that later generations would expand, resulting in classical Jewish education becoming a reality for every-increasing numbers of Jewish women, and an important chapter in the evolving role of women in Jewish religious and communal life.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., and Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., HUC-JIR Vice President for Academic Affairs, offer perspectives on the subject of Process Theology in the newly published issue of Conservative Judaism (Volume 62, Nos. 1-2, Fall-Winter 2011-2011), in response to the lead article by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, who received the Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree from HUC-JIR in May 2010. Artson's essay, "Ba-derekh: On the Way – A Presentation of Process Theology" defines it as "a constellation of ideas sharing the common assertion that the world and God are in continuous, dynamic change, of related interaction and becoming."