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Susan Silverman

Susan Silverman
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Rabbi Susan Silverman.

Rabbi Susan Silverman is a writer and activist. Her passions are international adoption, refugees and Jewish pluralism. She is currently completing a book, Casting Lots: A 21st Century Creation Story. She and her husband have five children and live in Jerusalem.

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Rabbi Susan Silverman with Police at Western Wall

A Civil Sinai

When I became a Woman of the Wall, I became more fully Jewish.

I had been a rabbi for almost 20 years the day I was detained, with nine other women – including my seventeen-year-old daughter – by police for wearing a tallis and praying out loud at the kotel. We were singing the psalms of hallel when a young police officer waved for me to follow her out of the women’s section. I shook my head. She approached me, her hand outstretched. I reached for my daughter who is named for the prayers we sang – Hallel --and together we sat down. The police officer squatted in front of me and asked me to come with her.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Susan Silverman." (Viewed on October 27, 2016) <>.


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