Midrash Rabbah, Co-Edited by Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, Ph.D.
HUC-JIR is pleased to announce a new publication co-edited by Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Thought at the Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem.
Midrash Rabbah: The Revolution of Reform Women Rabbis in Israel tells the story of female Reform rabbis in Israel, a group of courageous women determined to study and interpret the Torah. Midrash Rabbah, which was published in Hebrew, was co-edited with Rabbi Maya Leibovitch and the editorial board comprised Rabbis Talia Avnon-Benvenisti, Gila Caine, Naama Dafni-Kelen, Efrat Rotem, and Ada Zavidov.
“I have been the director of the Israel Rabbinic Program of HUC-JIR in Jerusalem during the decisive decade in which the presence of female rabbis increased dramatically (from 4 to 28) and the ground for the current feminine majority has been laid,” said Rabbi Amir.
“When approached by my friend and colleague Rabbi Maya Leibovitch with the idea to write a comprehensive account of this revolutionary time in Reform Judaism in Israel, I knew wholeheartedly that it was the right choice for me, shortly before my own retirement.”
“Women have been Reform rabbis in Israel for 30 years now,” he continued. “These women are at the center of the campaign for an inclusive, tolerant, and pluralistic Judaism, responsible for a creative and contemporary rabbinical leadership in our homeland and worldwide.”
Midrash Rabbah: The Revolution of Reform Women Rabbis in Israel was published by Carmel publishing house. You may purchase a copy directly from the publisher or on Amazon.