Author Archives: susanrtorn

About susanrtorn

writer, life coach

Banished to the Balcony?

My own spiritual guide, Rabbi Jan Uhrbach a woman ordained by the JTS more than a decade ago, helps me to understand why the first- time ever ordination of three women as maharats within the orthodox world is a time … Continue reading

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Maharats, Misogyny and Marching On

It was a late spring-time graduation unlike any other, a landmark event in Jewish history.  On June 16th, at the Ramaz School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, for the first time ever, with the bestowal of a parchment and the … Continue reading

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Seeking and Disbelief

My disbelief in a God who causes these events does not free me from seeking God in them when they do occur.”        Arthur Green , Radical Judaism But there is one curious statistic regarding not only the … Continue reading

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A First Graduating Class

Last week I was assigned to do a piece on the upcoming graduation of three women, each of whom is about to become a Maharat. Once ordained as a Maharat, each of the three women will be – and yet … Continue reading

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Ayekah?

Ayekah? It means – where are you? Unexpectedly, the sparks fly. The question keeps appearing in Radical Judaism like a rallying cry: Ayekah? So, where (the heck) are you? This is an echo of God calling out to a guilty Adam … Continue reading

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Me’AZ

I belong to an Upper West Side woman’s study group called Me’AZ. The name arises from our study of Avivah Zornberg, hence the initials AZ. In Hebrew it means “from AZ” and also, loosely translated, “from then on” or more … Continue reading

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This is not about women playing dance. It’s about revolution.

The most courageous fourteen year old girl I have ever set eyes on, Malala Yousafzai, was shot in the head for her advocacy of education for women and I am spending my time organizing a flash mob of dancing women … Continue reading

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