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ISBN:
006063037X
Author:
Ellen Frankel
Category:
Bible Study & Reference
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperOne; Reprint edition (December 29, 1997)
Pages:
384 pages
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Ellen Frankel, PhD, has penned a masterpiece, creating/inventing voices for many of the voiceless women of the Torah.

Ellen Frankel, PhD, has penned a masterpiece, creating/inventing voices for many of the voiceless women of the Torah. In the process Dr. Frankel has provided much of the white fire upon which the black fire letters of the Torah are written. The book became a nightly read for the two of us along with a discussion on the section that I read to her. The way the book is presented, with various writers taking the persona of a biblical woman and what the writer felt that woman's point of view might be and then expressing it, is very unique. Altogether, it makes for a fascinating read - as strange as it may sound.

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This book may show you the difference.

Here are Miriam, Esther, Dinah, Lilith and many other women of the Torah in dialogue with Jewish daughters, mothers and grandmothers, past and present. This book may show you the difference.

Here are Miriam, Esther, Dinah, Lilith and many other women of the Torah in dialogue with Jewish daughters, mothers and grandmothers . Ellen Frankel is an acclaimed storyteller and writer, popular lecturer and accomplished scholar

Here are Miriam, Esther, Dinah, Lilith and many other women of the Torah in dialogue with Jewish daughters, mothers and grandmothers, past and present. Together these voices examine and debate every aspect of a Jewish woman's life - work, sex, marriage, her connection to God and her place in the Jewish community and in the world. Ellen Frankel is an acclaimed storyteller and writer, popular lecturer and accomplished scholar. She is the author of many books, including The Classic Tales: Four Thousand Years of Jewish Lore.

Frankel has published two books for young people - Choosing To Be Chosen, a collection of stories for Jewish pre-teens, and a sequel, Tell It Like It Is: Tough Choices for Today’s Teens, which she co-authored with her teenage daughter. Frankel has also written libretti for two oratorios composed by Andrea Clearfield, Women of Valor and The Golem Psalms.

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues. Without music life would be a mistake. Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues. Indiana University Press. Without an innovative, vibrant interpretation and reinterpretation, a sacred tradition is prone to atrophy and become irrelevant to the changing needs of the community of the faithful. Much of what is right and true in one generation can easily become a mistake or bogus in another.

The Five Books of Miriam makes an invaluable contribution to Torah study and adds rich dimension to the ongoing conversation between Jewish women and Jewish tradition.

Five Books Of Miriam. The Five Books of Miriam makes an invaluable contribution to Torah study and adds rich dimension to the ongoing conversation between Jewish women and Jewish tradition. Published January 14, 1998 by HarperOne First Sentence. TORAH SPEAKS: In the beginning, Shekhinah, the in-This-World, spins the world into being: light, water, earth, heavenly bodies, seed-bearing plants, sea creatures, birds, animals-and Adam, the only creature cast in the divine image, dou".

The Five Books of Miriam makes an invaluable contribution to Torah study and adds rich dimension to the ongoing conversation between Jewish women and Jewish . All in all this is an engaging and refreshing take on the Torah. And since it is divided into parshot, perfect for Torah study!

The Five Books of Miriam makes an invaluable contribution to Torah study and adds rich dimension to the ongoing conversation between Jewish women and Jewish tradition. And since it is divided into parshot, perfect for Torah study! ( ) . ick Dec 14, 2009. Bible.

Weaving together Jewish lore, the voices of Jewish foremothers, Yiddish fable, midrash and stories of her own imagining, Ellen Frankel has created in this book a breathtakingly vivid exploration into what the Torah means to women. Here are Miriam, Esther, Dinah, Lilith and many other women of the Torah in dialogue with Jewish daughters, mothers and grandmothers, past and present. Together these voices examine and debate every aspect of a Jewish woman's life -- work, sex, marriage, her connection to God and her place in the Jewish community and in the world. The Five Books of Miriam makes an invaluable contribution to Torah study and adds rich dimension to the ongoing conversation between Jewish women and Jewish tradition.
  • Yramede
Ellen Frankel, PhD, has penned a masterpiece, creating/inventing voices for many of the voiceless women of the Torah. In the process Dr. Frankel has provided much of the white fire upon which the black fire letters of the Torah are written. I must admit, however, that reading this book made me quite angry at times (not at Dr. Frankel; at the way that women have been treated both in Biblical times and in Orthodox Judaism throughout Jewish history), and I had to read it very slowly -- one small section at a time -- in order not to become enervated. If there is one weakness of The Five Books Of Miriam it's that Dr. Frankel did not go far enough in her criticism of all the feminiphobia -- then and now -- especially after having raised so many legitimate issues that have plagued traditional Judaism's treatment of women since its inception.

So...

...to fill in the gap...

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid (female soul/male body) says: In the beginning, G-d The Bored Mad Scientist Genetic Manipulator...erred.

The Rabbis EXCLAIM: HERESY!

Lilith The Rebel interjects: Ya got MY vote. Continue.

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid continues: Lilith and Adam were created EQUALLY. Not identically, obviously, but equally. Lilith acted within her proscribed nature. Adam overstepped HIS proscribed nature. Yet G-d The Sometimes Random One ("I shall show kindness to whom I care to show kindness") sided with Adam, while abandoning his precious daughter Lilith. And the world has been broken ever since.

Lilith The Rebel asks: Where were YOU at the beginning?!!!

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid quips: Here, at the end.

Lilith The Rebel fires back: Watch it, sonny boy. I like you, but I am not one to be messed with.

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid replies: I understand.

Lilith The Rebel adds: Still...talk is cheap. Even beautiful truthful talk. What do you plan to do about it?

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid responds: I pray for the opportunity to convene a Heavenly Tribunal and serve as your advocate against G-d The Abandoner.

Miriam The Prophet asks: Do you know what you are risking?

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid answers: My name in the Book Of Life.

Lilith The Rebel presses: And do you possess the merit to serve as my advocate?

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid replies: Clearly I do not. But YOU possess the merit to have your case heard. And since no one else seems to be willing to serve as your advocate, I guess you're stuck with me.

Lilith The Rebel (after a pregnant pause) states: I can't remember the last time I cried -- out of joy. Thank you.

Our Daughters ask: But how can YHVH err?

Smilin Sam The Hybrid answers: There is only one way YHVH can err; YHVH CHOOSES to err.

Our Daughters ask a follow up question: But WHY would YHVH choose to err?

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid explains: To see who among us would seek the TRUTH, even if it means challenging YHVH Itself.

Lilith The Rebel yells out: You're hired!!

Smilin' Sam The Hybrid replies: Bring out the scales.

(Great joy, laughter, and love reverberate throughout all the Heavenly realms.)
  • Getaianne
This is an amazing book! Although not wrttien his I expected, the author writes a Torah portion for each part of the 5 books then has the women of the Torah comment on it. Very Midrash. See photo.
  • Ferri - My name
The "Five Books Of Miriam: A Woman's Commentary on the Torah" was a book I picked up strictly because of the title. I had hoped to find something of interest that I would be able to read to my very best friend who was blind. She and I both had an interest in finding information on the women of the Torah.

The book became a nightly read for the two of us along with a discussion on the section that I read to her. The way the book is presented, with various writers taking the persona of a biblical woman and what the writer felt that woman's point of view might be and then expressing it, is very unique.

Altogether, it makes for a fascinating read - as strange as it may sound. Most nights I only stopped reading because my voice gave out and I could read no further. My friend and I only were able to begin Leviticus together before she passed away but I've recently started to read the book for my own pleasure. Although I miss the discussions we shared, just reading the woman's viewpoint on the Torah has brought much more meaning to the narratives and the characters in them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Torah and wants a different type of commentary on the Torah portions. There is as much meaning and clarity given in this book as can be found in any of the Torah commentaries written by men.
  • Hulore
If u are like me, and curious, it may be hard to put down this book. Told from the woman's point of view, the old testaments' first 5 books and then some appear in such a stark contrast to the original story (as written in the Bible/Torah) that I read this book practically in a day at Borders! After that, I knew I had to have it! It really has opened up a different world of study for me, one, as an immigrant to this country, never knew how deep it is for women of Jewish faith and profound Jewish character!
  • Malaris
I am loving this book a very great read.
  • Gunos
Thank you, Ellen Frankel, for bringing these characters to life. I bought the book as a sermon resource and will read it again and again in order to gain understanding.
  • Tisicai
As the title states this is a commentary from a woman's point of view. It is not a feminist manifesto. Although the author is knowledgeable this is not a traditional, learned Torah commentary. The author has created various female characters (named for biblical or other traditional women) to create her commentary as a form of dialogue, almost talmudic at times. The flavor is modern but there is little use of external texts. It is a very personnal work compared to more standard modern commentaries such as Plaut or JPS's own excellent 5 volume commentary. The text of the torah itself isn't included but there are summaries of each section.
The author's pleasure in writing this book comes through on every page. It can be a good source for a Bat Mitzvah girl who needs to do a dvar torah and is looking for some non standard ideas that won't be offensive to anyone who doesn't find a Bat Mitzvah itself offensive.
Frankel does a good job of commentating on the Torah from a woman's perspective. She finds Biblical women whose lives have some relationship to the theme of each parsha.