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Midrash and Aggadah

Rachel Cowan's Yom Kippur Sermon, 1991

Rachel Cowan reading an excerpt from her Yom Kippur sermon, “Paths to Healing,” which was printed in The Outstreatched Arm, newsletter of the Jewish Healing Center, Fall 1991. View transcript.

Rachel Cowan reading an excerpt from her Yom Kippur sermon, “Paths to Healing,” which was printed in The Outstreatched Arm, newsletter of the Jewish Healing Center, Fall 1991. View transcript.

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Lynn Gottlieb

One of the first ten women rabbis, Lynn Gottlieb became a voice for peace between Jews and Muslims.

Sarajevo Haggadah

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Sarajevo Haggadah, 14th century manuscript on parchment, Spain.
Exhibit at the Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv
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Sarajevo Haggadah, 14th century manuscript on parchment, Spain.

Exhibit at the Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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Lilith Evolved: Writing Midrash

In this Go and Learn, guide, we explore the notion of midrash and highlight "The Coming of Lilith" by theologian Judith Plaskow as an example of how contemporary Jewish feminists have created their own midrashim—retellings of biblical stories—in order to incorporate women's viewpoints into the traditional texts of Judaism. In writing their own versions of these texts, Plaskow and her peers have made Judaism more inclusive of the voices and perspectives of all people who engage in its teachings.

"Burney Relief" or "Queen of the Night"

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Rectangular, baked clay relief panel, known as the "Burney Relief" or the "Queen of the Night," dated between 1800 and 1750 BCE.
Courtesy of the British Museum.

Rectangular, baked clay relief panel, known as the "Burney Relief" or the "Queen of the Night," dated between 1800 and 1750 BCE.

Courtesy of the British Museum.

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Wrestling with God and Jewish Tradition

The biblical figure of Jacob is also called Israel, the one who wrestled with God (Genesis 35:10). As the "Children of Israel," the Jewish community has carried on this legacy of wrestling with God and tradition in our attempts to create meaning in our lives. This Go & Learn guide uses the artwork of the Jewish feminist artist Helène Aylon to explore how we—as individuals and as a community—grapple with ideas about God and Jewish tradition.

The confrontational face of Miriam

When we are first introduced to Miriam in the Bible, the times are bleak. The Egyptian Pharaoh has decreed that all baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves be immediately put to death.

She Who Dwells Within by Lynn Gottlieb

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She Who Dwells Within by Lynn Gottlieb, a book on gender and Judaism.
She Who Dwells Within by Lynn Gottlieb, a book on gender and Judaism.

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Anita Diamant, 2010

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Author Anita Diamant at a book signing at Nightingale House, London, March 2010.

Photo by Brian Minkoff, London Pixels.

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Author Anita Diamant at a book signing at Nightingale House, London, March 2010.

Photo by Brian Minkoff, London Pixels.

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The Journey Continues: The MA'YAN Passover Haggadah, 2000

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Pictured here is a page from The Journey Continues: The MA'YAN Passover Haggadah. (New York: MA'YAN, the Jewish Women's Project, 2000), a manual for the seder which gives voice both to the women who experienced the Passover events of the past and those celebrating the holiday in the present.

Institution: MA'YAN, Library of Congress

Pictured here is a page from The Journey Continues: The MA'YAN Passover Haggadah. (New York: MA'YAN, the Jewish Women's Project, 2000), a manual for the seder which gives voice both to the women who experienced the Passover events of the past and those celebrating the holiday in the present.

Institution: MA'YAN, Library of Congress

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