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Rabbi Rachel Adler

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One of the first theologians to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into the interpretation of Jewish texts and the renewal of Jewish law and ethics. Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. Adler was one of the first theologians to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into Jewish texts and the renewal of Jewish law and ethics.

In 1971, she published an article entitled “The Jew Who Wasn’t There: Halacha and the Jewish Woman,” in Davka magazine. This article was considered by historian Paula Hyman as one of the founding influences of the Jewish feminist movement.

In 1983, she published an essay in Moment entitled “I’ve Had Nothing Yet, So I Can’t Take More,” in which she criticized rabbinic tradition for making women “a focus of the sacred rather than active participants in its processes,” and declared that being a Jewish woman “is very much like being Alice at the Hatter’s tea party. We did not participate in making the rules, nor were we there at the beginning of the party.”

In 1992, she began a women’s Talmud class in her home, teaching the text (in its original Hebrew and Aramaic. This created the first rigorous Talmud study opportunity for lay women outside of New York and Israel.

Adler received a PhD in Religion from the University of Southern California in 1997; her doctoral dissertation was titled “Justice and Peace Have Kissed: A Feminist Theology of Judaism.” She is the author of many articles that have appeared in Blackwell’s Companion to Feminist Philosophy, Beginning Anew: A Woman’s Companion to the High Holy Days, Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought, Lifecycles, The Jewish Condition, and On Being a Jewish Feminist.

She was awarded the 2000 Tuttleman Foundation Book Award of Gratz College and the 1999 National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought by the Jewish Book Council for her book Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics; this was the first time the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought was ever awarded to a female theologian.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Adler. Retrieved 10/15/16

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