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Judaism-Orthodox

Holy Glass Ceiling

On June 13th, 2013, three women graduated from the Yeshivat Maharat and were ordained with the title of maharat, or female spiritual leader. Even then, the Rabbinic Counsel of America (RCA) refused to recognize these women as part of the Orthodox Rabbinate. This is a two steps forward, one step back situation. 

Pop(e)ular

Religious leaders aren’t normally considered cool by teenagers, but Pope Francis is most definitely an exception. As a teenager myself, I can say that the Catholic Church was not at all on my radar until he started making waves. 

Belda Lindenbaum, 1938 - 2015

In 2009, when Rabbi Weiss and I founded Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy, there was only one person who we knew would be crazy enough to dream with us. I went to see Belda, to ask for seed funding. I was nervous. Having only just been ordained myself, I was not a fundraiser. So I took Rabbi Jeff Fox, our Rosh Yeshiva, along with me. We sat together and talked about an Orthodox Jewish community where men and women could be partners in spiritual leadership. Then, Rabbi Fox asked her for a gift.

Bluma Rivkin

Bluma Rivkin’s experiences of the devastation of Katrina and the struggles to rebuild were profoundly shaped by her humor, her compassion, and her work as a shlucha (Chabad emissary).

Bluma Rivkin on Dealing with Post-Hurrican Katrina Chaos

Bluma Rivkin dealt with the chaos of Katrina by making two lists: one for things she could fix and one for things beyond her control.

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Bluma Rivkin dealt with the chaos of Katrina by making two lists: one for things she could fix and one for things beyond her control.

Bluma Rivkin Discusses Sukkot and Four Kinds of People

Drawing on an ancient interpretation of one of the rituals for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Bluma Rivkin talks about the different kinds of people needed to rebuild her community after Katrina.

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Drawing on an ancient interpretation of one of the rituals for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Bluma Rivkin talks about the different kinds of people needed to rebuild her community after Katrina.

Bluma Rivkin Discusses Asking for Help Post-Hurricane Katrina

After a lifetime of generosity to others, Bluma Rivkin had to grapple with asking for help after Katrina.

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After a lifetime of generosity to others, Bluma Rivkin had to grapple with asking for help after Katrina.

Bluma Rivkin Discusses Family and Community Post-Hurricane Katrina

The one thing that Hurricane Katrina couldn't destroy was the love Bluma Rivkin had for her family.

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The one thing that Hurricane Katrina couldn't destroy was the love Bluma Rivkin had for her family.

Bluma Rivkin Discusses Reuniting and Rebuilding Jewish Community Post-Hurricane Katrina

Bluma Rivkin jokes that she's the last person you'd expect to plunge into the labor of rebuilding a city.

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Bluma Rivkin jokes that she's the last person you'd expect to plunge into the labor of rebuilding a city.

Bluma Rivkin Discusses Keeping Her Family Whole Post-Hurricane Katrina

Bluma Rivkin struggled to keep her family together as they fled in the midst of Hurricane Katrina.

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Bluma Rivkin struggled to keep her family together as they fled in the midst of Hurricane Katrina.

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