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The Gift For Every Bat Mitzvah From Now On

I’ve always been a fan of Ellen Frankel’s Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah, but it’s just that, A woman’s commentary. And while I think Frankel is interesting, I’m not likely to make her my posek … Read More

By / May 7, 2007

I’ve always been a fan of Ellen Frankel’s Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah, but it’s just that, A woman’s commentary. And while I think Frankel is interesting, I’m not likely to make her my posek anytime soon. But I’m hugely excited about The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, which is coming out in December. There are tons of books out there that try to encourage women to study Torah. We have great female Torah scholars, and amazing, wise women acting as our role models in the Torah—but this is the first translation and commentary to look at the Torah from a feminine lens, and really address all of the issues women face when they engage with Torah. In a Chicago Tribune article about the new translation, Rabbi Hara Person, editor in chief of the URJ press (which is publishing the volume), explained:

"We deal with the treatment of women and their exclusion at times…We deal with the difficult issues of menstrual blood in Leviticus, and we talk about the role of blood in the Torah and in our lives. We deal with that stuff head-on and don't shy away from it."

That is AWESOME. It’s like the Our Bodies, Ourselves for the Torah. The Torah: A Women’s Commentary doesn’t come out for seven more months, but you can pre-order copies on the URJ website, where you even get a special pre-publication price. Make your mom (and sister, and aunt, and grandmother, and niece, and best friend etc.) proud. Order your copy today.