Lifecycles Volume 2: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life (Revised)

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5.57 X 8.73 X 1.34 inches | 1.37 pounds

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About the Author

Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman serves Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco, a congregation of people of diverse sexualities and family structures. She has taught on the faculty of California State University Northridge, the University of Judaism and Loyola Marymount. She is active in many social action organizations, and is widely published in the fields of Jewish women's history and contemporary theology. She lives in Northern California with her partner, Stewart Schwartz, and their two children, Sophie and Asher.

Rabbi Debra Orenstein is an acclaimed teacher, speaker and scholar-in-residence. Before repatriating back to New Jersey in 2010 to become spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Israel in Emerson, she spent twenty years as an instructor at the American Jewish University and a pulpit rabbi in Los Angeles. Rabbi Orenstein is the author and editor of five books, including Lifecycles 1: Jewish Women on Life Passages and Personal Milestones and Lifecycles 2: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life (both Jewish Lights). A seventh generation rabbi, she is also an alumna of the first entering class to include women at The Jewish Theological Seminary. For downloadable teachings and scholar-in-residence information, please visit

Rabbi Debra Orenstein is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Finding (More) Meaning in Jewish Ritual and Practice
  • Unfolding Adventures in Lifecycle, Spirituality and Gender
  • Reading the Bible with New Eyes: Feminist Interpretation
  • Ways in to Jewish Spirituality
  • Raising Spiritually Fulfilled Children: Generation Mentsch


"An extraordinary collection...illuminates the Bible through the prism of the experience of Jewish women.... A 'must' for all who cherish serious Torah scholarship as it relates to the life experience of contemporary Jewish women and men."
--Dr. Rela Mintz Geffen, professor of sociology, Gratz College; editor, Celebration and Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism

"A marvelous anthology of essays, poetry, text interpretation and challenging insights which provides all readers, male and female alike, with a wealth of material to fortify us on our own spiritual journeys."
--Norman J. Cohen, provost, Hebrew Union College; author, Self, Struggle & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis

"An indispensable resource for all people for whom the Hebrew Bible remains a privileged place to meet the Living God."
--Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garrett Theological Seminary

"Both the process and content are extraordinary and transformative.... I did, and I imagine most people will, emerge richer as a human being."
--Rabbi Arthur Waskow, pathfinder of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal; author, Down-to-Earth Judaism and Godwrestling--Round 2

"This magnificent collection opens the Torah to women's experience and opens women's lives through the Torah."
--Ann Swidler, professor of sociology, University of California at Berkeley; author, Talk of Love; coauthor, Habits of the Heart and Inequality by Design