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Orthodox Feminists—Definitely No Oxymoron

…do they figure in this history lesson? For the past 25 years, pioneering educators such as Chana Henkin, Malka Bina and David Siiber have transformed education by enabling women to…

Digging Deeper into Esther’s Mysteries

…as it was for the Jews of Persia who found light, joy, happiness and honor, so may it be for us! And long may it last. Rabbi Chana Thompson Shor is…

Letters

…that Jewish women can and do incorporate positive images of femaleness into tfilah (prayer) and Torah. by Chana Abrams, Los Altos, CA I would like to suggest an addition to…

Holding Our Feminist Breaths

Chana Henkin, dean and founder of Nishmat, led a workshop on “New Religious Leadership Roles for Women.” She said she did not think it wise for women to demand the…

Peacebuilding

…injustice wherever we find it. Rabbi Chana Thompson Shor is a Conservative rabbi, the first woman mesader gittin (preparer of Jewish religious divorce), a Judaic fabric artist, and a writer….

Moses in Real Life?

…about speaking and failures of communication. Zornberg’s analysis of Moses’s difficulties point to the ambivalent relationship we have with language itself—and therefore also with our sacred textual traditions. Chana Thompson…

Pioneers in Helping Women Move On

…there are women qualified to see you through the process. Rabbi Chana Thompson Shor and Rabbi Karen Reiss Medwed are the first two women ever to be certified as mesadrot…

Fiction: “Do Not Punish Us”

Chana Blankshteyn (1860?– 1939) is almost entirely forgotten now, but she was a well-known figure in Vilna between the two World Wars. She was an activist, committed to women’s causes…