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|E-book Publication Date:||04/01/2022|
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|Cloth Publication Date:||04/01/2022|
Dirshuni: Contemporary Women’s Midrash, is the first ever English edition of an historic collection of midrashim composed by Israeli women, long anticipated by multiple American audiences – of synagogues, Rabbinical seminaries, adult learning programs, Jewish educators and scholars of gender and religion. Using the classical forms developed by the ancient rabbis, they express their religious and moral thought and experience through innovative interpretations of Scripture. The women writers, from all denominations and beyond, of all political stripes and ethnic backgrounds, contribute their Torah to fill the missing half of the sacred Jewish bookshelf.
The volume features a comprehensive introduction to Midrash for the uninitiated reader by the distinguished scholar Tamar Kadari and extensive annotation and commentary by Tamar Biala.
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Tamar Biala earned her Master’s Degree in Women's and Jewish Studies from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. She taught at the Shalom Hartman Institute, trained teachers and IDF army officers. She coedited volume I of Dirshuni with Nehama Weingarten-Mintz (Yediot Aharonot/Jewish Agency for Israel, 2009) and, in 2018, published volume II (Yediot Aharonot). She teaches in various batei midrash, rabbinical schools, and adult education programs in the US and Israel. She lives in Jerusalem and is raising her two daughters Nahara and Nofet, along with her husband, Yehudah Mirsky.