Dvora E. Weisberg - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Dvora E. Weisberg, Rabbi, Ph.D

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Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Rabbinics; Director of the School of Rabbinical Studies, Los Angeles Campus

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Rabbinical Program, Los Angeles
Academic Field: 
Rabbinics and Liturgy
Research Interests: 
Gender in Rabbinic Literature

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Dvora Weisberg is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Rabbinics and Director of School of Rabbinical Studies at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.  She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Before coming to HUC-JIR, Dr. Weisberg taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Weisberg’s book Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism explores the ancient rabbis’ understanding of family and familial relationships.  She has written extensively on levirate marriage and gender issues in rabbinic literature.

Dr. Weisberg teaches frequently in informal settings, including adult education programs in congregations, several summers at the URJ Kallah and sessions for the CCAR and its regional conventions.


Selected Publications and Edited Works

Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism, University Press of New England/Brandeis University Press, 2009.

“Women and Torah Study in Aggadah” in Women and Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship, Frederick Greenspan, ed., NYU Press, 2009, 41-63.

“Desirable but Dangerous: Rabbis’ Daughters in the Bavli.” Hebrew Union College Annual, 75 (2004), 121-161.

“The Widow of our Discontent: Levirate Marriage in the Bible and Ancient Israel.”  The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 28:4 (2004), 403-429.

“Insiders or Outsiders: Women and Rabbinic Literature.” Judaism, Volume 52, Issue 207/208 (Fall 2003), 203-215.

"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.

Current and Future Courses
Midrash, Talmud
Prayer in Rabbinic Literature
Reading and Teaching Talmud
Public Lecture Topics
Old Religion, New Issues: Using Classical Sources to Create a Contemporary Jewish Practice
“And the Souls They Made in Haran:” Models of Outreach in Rabbinic Literature
Why Did God Choose Abraham? Abraham as a Seeker in Rabbinic Tradition
“For the Sake of Sarah:” Women and the Covenant
Rabbinic Reflections on Good and Evil
Why Reform Jews Should Study Talmud: Getting Started & Bringing Your Congregational Family Along for the Ride
Women as Pray-ers in Jewish Tradition
Rabbinic Roots of Tikkun Olam
Rabbinic Visions of “The Good Life”
Imagining God, Imagining Ourselves: God-Language as a Reflection of Values
The Search for “Truth”: Rabbinic Stories as Fact or Fiction
And the Study of Torah Is Equal to Them All: Stories about Torah Study
“Desirable but Dangerous: Rabbis’ Daughters in the Talmud”
Raising Children, Honoring Parents: What Can Jewish Texts Teach Us?
In Search of a Common Language: Engaging in Constructive Interfaith Dialogue