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The Torah: A Women's Commentary
Eskenazi, Tamara†Cohn and Andrea†L. Weiss, editors

New York: URJ Press and Women of Reform Judaism, 2008 pp. lxiii + 1350. $75.00


Description: 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.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature

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Review by Susanne Scholz
Published 4/11/2009
Citation: Susanne Scholz, review of Tamara†Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea†l. Weiss, eds., The Torah: A Women's Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Amelia Devin Freedman
Published 7/18/2009
Citation: Amelia Devin Freedman, review of Tamara†Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea†L. Weiss, eds., The Torah: A Women's Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Yael Shemesh
Published 7/21/2009
Citation: Yael Shemesh, review of Tamara†Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea†l. Weiss, eds., The Torah: A Women's Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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