Category Archives: Avivah Zornberg and Me

Rosh Hashanah Trilogy

1. Sarah’s Choice One recent summer weekend, my life — or my awareness of its imperatives — underwent a radical shift. My 28-year-old son was away at the beach with friends. He promised to be home early on the Sunday … Continue reading

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Seven Blessings for Shavuot

Ten women share a heady excitement this Mother’s Day morning in the Upper West Side home of a friend and I am among them. For the past two years we have been studying Avivah Zornberg’s. Murmuring Deep: Reflections on The … Continue reading

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Woman Mind

Dr. Avivah Zornberg’s web site is low-tech and humble, the absence of easy linking has me scrolling up and down a lot. While scrolling, I come across a few casually scattered photographs of little girls, Avivah’s grandchildren, one crawling on … Continue reading

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Reception: In a New Light

Time to let go of my moorings, the better to drift into the stream of consciousness awakened by this long-awaited speaker. Avivah Zornberg is embroidering upon the biblical tale of Joseph and his brothers, their cruelty to him, his unheard … Continue reading

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A Confrontational Face

When we are first introduced to Miriam in the Bible, the times are bleak. The Egyptian Pharaoh has decreed that all baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves be immediately put to death. This is an edict or gezera to … Continue reading

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Tsunami

In the Noah story, God is angry enough to bring about a flood that destroys the entire world. How does it feel to be so angry that you willfully destroy everything you have lovingly created? Is such an over-the-top response … Continue reading

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Hidden Sphere

In her book, The Particulars of  Rapture, Avivah Zornberg astonishes me by a frank admission that after a certain point in the biblical narrative, around the time that Miriam disappears from the text, we women have been absent from the … Continue reading

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