Rewriting the Bible from a Feminist Perspective: Two Sample Writings from KH Members
Our intrepid education coordinator Ellen Honig created an opportunity for the women of KH to imagine
the Bible from a woman’s perspective. It was an intriguing and fun course. Here are two samples of our
Marcel Infeld Kaplan’s Judaism
I was asked to write for the KH website on a topic of interest to members. I chose Rabbi
Mordecai Kaplan’s approach to Judaism.
Commentary on Two Works by Ellen Frankel
For a collective commentary on the siddur, My People’s Prayerbook, I was asked to provide comments
especially pertinent to women’s experience.
Click here for Ellen’s commentary on one of the most beloved hymns
in the Friday evening service, L’cha Dodi.
During a scholar-in-residence engagement in Buffalo, I presented a program called “The Evil Eye and
Other Jewish Superstitions.” After I did my presentation, I had an encounter with a local therapist who
told me this story, with tears in his eyes.
Following are two works by Herb Levine
I wrote a new siddur, because I could no longer pray out of the old one. As part of the Siddur, I wrote
one poem for each Jewish holiday to set the tone for the special day. I wrote the poem for Sukkot to get
at the rich experience of the holiday, having committed myself over many years to building and
celebrating in a Sukkah. The poem evoking Passover came to me in a flash as part of a one-hour writing
workshop where the prompt was to write about an object with significance to one’s Jewish identity; it’s
dedicated to my daughter-in-law. I wrote the Shavuot poem because I think it’s important that there’s a
way into the holiday that doesn’t have to do with being commanded, but simply has to do with how we
live every day.
For many years, I told the story of “Playing Monopoly with Melvin” as an oral tale, because it has such a
great punch line. I came to write it down when Rabbi Goldie Milgram put out a call for the book she was
co-editing, “Mitzvah Stories.”
D’var Torah by Richard Belle
I had great fun putting it together.