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The Torah: A Women's Commentary [Hardcover]

By Tamara Cohn Eskenazi (Editor) & Andrea L. Weiss (Editor)
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"The five daughters of Zelophehad in the Book of Numbers approach Moses, the leaders of the people, and the entire community. They draw near because they see a problem that needs a solution: they have not been given an inheritance that they believe is due to them. They refuse to be left out and demand their rightful share. And so they dare speak to Moses, the priest Eleazar, all the other leaders, and the entire edah (congregation or formally constituted assembly). They say: 'Give us a holding among our father's kin. Give us a share of our heritage, why should we be left out?' They get what they want a share, a large share I should add. Moreover, as a result of their courage, a new Torah law is created, one that intends to benefit future generations long after them. Their story is the story of the WRJ's The Torah: A Women's Commentary. The Women of Reform Judaism said: 'Give us a share among our brothers. We are no longer willing to be left out.' Instead of land, WRJ asks for something even more enduring - 'Give us a share of our Torah.' The result is a Torah commentary that we trust will benefit all of us. With this commentary we will continue as sisters to empower the women - and men - who come after us for generations to come." Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi Professor of Bible, HUC-JIR/LA The Torah: A Women's Commentary will incorporate these perspectives:

Awards and Recognitions
The Torah: A Women's Commentary by Tamara Cohn Eskenazi & Andrea L. Weiss has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • National Jewish Book Award - 2008 Winner - Book of the Year category

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Studio: URJ Press
Pages   1349
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 7.75" Height: 10"
Weight:   3.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   URJ Press
ISBN  0807410810  
ISBN13  9780807410813  

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More About Tamara Cohn Eskenazi & Andrea L. Weiss

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. She is the first woman appointed as professor to the rabbinical faculty in HUC-JIR's long history. Earlier she had been on the faculty of the University of Denver, directed the Institute of Interfaith Studies, and co-founded the Jewish Women Resource Center in Denver.

Dr. Eskenazi is the co-editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary, the winner of the 2008 Jewish Book of the Year Award presented by the Jewish Book Council.

Tamara Cohn Eskenazi currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

Tamara Cohn Eskenazi has published or released items in the following series...

  1. American Academy of Religion Academy Series
  2. JPS Bible Commentary
  3. Semeia Studies

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The Torah: A Woman's Commentary  Jun 4, 2008
Ardent feminists will love this book. Moderate ones may think it goes too far in emphasizing the significance of women in the Torah. The commentaries and the literary entries are excellent and the format is easily accessible. I would not recommend reading this commentary alone, without a less egalitarian version at one's side. Comparisons are always valid. I especially like the non-gendered usage, which doesn't hammer the reader over the head but makes its point nicely.
Very informative  May 20, 2008
I bought this for my wife, a theology major. She has been very excited about the book, finding it scholarly, well researched and a new approach to the Torah from women's point of view. There are many significant insights to be gained from this work.
Men need to read this commentary too!  May 13, 2008
Wow! This is such a beautiful commentary on Judaism's holiest text. I love the symphony of voices that flow through this book. Not only are comments meaningful and well written but the general oranization of the book is wonderful. I am man who loves Torah and all of the commentaries that it produces. This volume will sit proudly on my bookself next Rashi, Hirsch, Sforno, Ramban, etc. I am recommending this commentary to every Rabbi I know regardless of affiliation. Even if the price is a stretch for you, buy this book because you won't be sorry.
The Best of Women's Torah Scholarship  Apr 14, 2008
The Torah: A Women's Commentary is a compilation of the most recent Torah scholarship that also includes a woman's perspective. Introductory essays by Carol Meyers, Judith R. Baskin and Ellen Umansky are outstanding in orienting the reader to the world of Torah history and post biblical analysis. Alterative perspectives enrich this multi-dimential effort. This volume produced by the Women of Reform Judaism makes me proud to be a scholar and a Jew.
Good Book  Apr 2, 2008
What I have read so far has proved informative and interesting for my study of the Bible.

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