Last Sunday, Rabbi Nicki Greninger and I gathered with thirty members of Temple Isaiah and explored some of the theory and tools of feminist reading practices. At the heart of our inquiry was the question: How do we relate to a text written by and for men, in ways that often diminish women’s full humanity?
In the poem Ha’azinu, Moses describes God as a hovering eagle, echoing an earlier decription of God hovering.
Abraham ibn Ezra seeks to understand what the text means when it says Moses could not enter the space where he is supposed to talk to God.
Joseph and his brothers finally reconcile. In retelling his own story, Joseph tells them that he has become a father to Pharoah.
The moment of the Exodus arrives. And the Israelites are unprepared. Rashi, Rashbam, and Yosef Bechor Shor have different messages for us.