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Midrash for a new year

As we prepare to herald the new year and celebrate the creation of the world, I thought I’d call your attention to JWA’s new edition of our educational resource, Go & Learn. This edition focuses on the midrashic figure of Lilith -- the first woman, imagined by the rabbis as a demon -- and Judith Plaskow’s early feminist reclaiming of her as a woman who demanded equality.

I love Plaskow’s midrash “The Coming of Lilith” for its humor, its 1970s utopianism, and its vision of the potential power of sisterhood to remake not only the world but God. What better way to start a new year than with a taste of such things?

Wishing all of you a new year filled with laughter, love, peace, fulfillment, and wonder.

How to cite this page

Rosenbaum, Judith. "Midrash for a new year." 12 September 2007. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on October 4, 2015) <>.


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