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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is the author of "Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion" (Beacon Press), nominated for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature and a Hadassah Book Club selecton; editor of "The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism" (NYU Press) and "Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism"(Seal Press); and co-editor, with Rabbi Elliot Dorff, of three books on Jewish ethics.

She has been recognized as one of 10 "rabbis to watch" by The Daily Beast and Newsweek, one of the “36 Under 36" (36 most influential leaders under age 36), and one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis.

Rabbi Ruttenberg lives in the Chicago area, teaches and lectures nationwide, and can be contacted here.

Entries by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

How Parenting Can Be Your Spiritual Practice (Or: Never Walk Down the Street With Your Kid the Same Way Again)

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:27 PM

A lot of things change when you have a kid: physically, emotionally, logistically, your sense of priorities your understanding of yourself in the world.

And for a lot of people, things get thrown into a blender spiritually, as well.

There are ways in which the wisdom of a...

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Why We Read Sarah and Hagar at Rosh Hashana: On the Abuse of Power

(22) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 7:03 PM

Every year on Rosh Hashana, Jews worldwide read about Abraham and Sarah's casting out of Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness. And every year, I have felt profoundly uncomfortable with it.

Hagar was an Egyptian woman whose name literally means "the stranger." She was Sarah's handmaiden and, eventually, Abraham's...

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A Blogger's Deceit, Power and Making Amends

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:31 AM

The feminist Twitters and blogosphere have been ablaze the last few weeks, as a very troubling figure in the greater digital feminist ecosystem first announced his retirement from feminist discourse and then erupted in an explosive Twitter confessional.

It's a long story, but here's the...

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Poop and Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 12:42 PM

When my friend Laurence had his first kid -- a few years before I had mine -- he shared with me one of his newfound secrets:

"You know you're a parent," he said, "when you find yourself saying, 'Oh, man. That's so disgusting' at least once a day."


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Should We Forgive the Repentant Leader of an 'Ex-Gay' Ministry?

(55) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 8:19 PM

Alan Chambers has announced that he will shutter Exodus International, an "ex-gay" ministry that has been in operation for 37 years. The ministry's goal has been to use reparative therapy on people who have articulated same-sex desires -- to "make" them straight, in other words. Needless to say, this work...

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The Revelation Will Not Be Televised

(10) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Shavuot, the holiday marking divine revelation -- that is, the giving of the Torah on Sinai -- begins this coming Tuesday night. There's a midrash, a Jewish legend, about Revelation that teaches:

At Sinai, when the Holy One gave the Torah to Israel, God manifested marvels upon marvels with...

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Wilderness as Transition: Omer, Anxiety and the Neutral Zone

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 3:57 PM

We are, right now, wandering in the wilderness.

After Passover -- the Israelites' exodus from Egypt -- there is a period of seven weeks before Shavuot, the holiday celebrating God's giving of the Torah on Sinai. During this time, it is traditional to count each day with a blessing. According...

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The Four Children of American Judaism

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 2:24 PM

The four children of Passover -- the wise child, the wicked child, the simple child and the one who does not know how to ask -- get a lot of play this time of year. And for good reason: They're profound blueprints for the spiritual journey.

In fact, they could...

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