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Women in the Bible

Shavuot And Ruth: Beyond the Letter of the Law

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Saturday night is the anniversary of the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai. Strange, isn't it, that on the holy day we celebrate the Giving of the Law, we traditionally study the Book of Ruth, the most transgressive of the Bible, a book that explicitly defies a Divine command.

Ruth Is Love Within Majesty

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

The story of King David and of the Messiah must begin with an act of kindness. Ruth is the love inside the kingdom, the love of the Divine Presence, the love that flows through the whole world.

Tamar: The Strength Within Connectivity

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

King David's eldest son Amnon is lovesick for his half-sister Tamar, a virgin princess. Amnon's slimy cousin Yonadav proposes a ruse: Amnon should pretend to be ill, ask King David to send Tamar to make cakes for him in order to help him get well.

Chanah: Compassion Within Compassion

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

Tiferet is the sefirah of the heart. Chanah speaks to God in her heart, telling God of her heart's desire to have a child.

The Shunnamite: Majesty Within Love

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

The Shunammite (a woman of the town of Shunem) is a wealthy married woman living in the time of the kings of Israel and Judah. She does lovingkindness out of a sense of abundance and majesty: chesed sh'b'malkhut.

10 Jewish Women Every Person Should Know

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

The Talmud tells us: "We were redeemed from Egypt because of the righteousness of the women of that generation." In the spirit of Women's History Month, here is my list of 10 of the most important Jewish women who changed history.

Esther, Vashti And Other Powerful Women In The Bible

Alicia Jo Rabins | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Alicia Jo Rabins

In honor of Queen Esther, heroine of Purim -- and of her predecessor, Queen Vashti, who gets a lot less scroll-time in the Purim story but is no less fascinating -- here's a roundup of some especially badass ladies of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish legend.

This, Too, Shall Pass: Southern Baptists, Women And The NIV Bible

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For many who accept gender parity as the norm in contemporary culture, debates such as this appear quaint or even irrelevant. But the tension lingers over the role of women in church.

The Status Of Women In The Bible

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

When you try to form a view of women's status overall in the Hebrew Bible, you must take into account this unexpected fact: that the political founder of Israel was a woman.

Matt Kemp And Rihanna: Are Our Significant Others Holding Us Back?

Rabbi Joshua Hess | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Hess

A couple of theories have been suggested as reasons for Matt Kemp's offensive and defensive decline. In Dodgertown, they blamed last season's poor showing on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Josh Fleet

New Musical Tales Of Mysterious Biblical Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Josh Fleet | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion

Sex, betrayal and weird skin disease -- Bible stories aren't so different from the everyday. So says Alicia Jo Rabins, frontwoman of Girls in Trou...

Femmevangelical: A Modern Girl's Guide To Sharing The Good News

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Women have little to hold to in scripture by way of positive accounts of the female experience. I believe this is less an effect of God's inspiration and more a lack of human imagination.

How The Torah Is Pro-Women

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

There is a common (and unfortunate) misconception in the world at large that the Torah is anti-woman. The reality is that a simple examination of the actual text and a little research into some of the major commentaries reveal just the opposite.