Religion & Beliefs

On the Nightstand Thursday: Expanding the Palace of Torah

So, I’m leaving for Limmud NY in a few short hours (yay!) and as preparation, I spent some time yesterday leafing through Tamar Ross’s Expanding the Palace of Torah which is one of the densest and most amazing books I’ve … Read More

By / January 17, 2008

So, I’m leaving for Limmud NY in a few short hours (yay!) and as preparation, I spent some time yesterday leafing through Tamar Ross’s Expanding the Palace of Torah which is one of the densest and most amazing books I’ve ever read. I can’t get through more than about ten pages before having to put the book down and just process for a while, but frankly, I think that’s amazing, and a great statement of endorsement.

As far as I know, Tamar Ross won’t be at Limmud NY, but lots of other deep thinkers and strong writers will be there having discussions that will require lots of processing later on. If you’re looking for something a little less heavy, but still Jewish and feminist and somewhat traditional in outlook, try Biblical Women Unbound by Norma Rosen. Basically, Rosen takes a look at women in the Bible and gives midrashic readings of their lives in a fiction-y kind of way. Will make you think, but feels more like listening to a good story than examining feminist history even though it’s doing that, too. I’ll post more tonight after I’ve gone to some sessions, but if you’ll be at Limmud definitely come say hi. I’ll be the girl with the purple hair and the bottle of Jameson.