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Experience in Teaching and Educational Administration

1988 – Present  Matan – Women’s Institute for Torah Studies, Jerusalem
Chair, Department of Bible and Biblical Interpretation

At Matan, a unique institution in the Jewish educational scene, dedicated to advanced  Judaic Studies for women,(www.matan.org.il)  I established the graduate teacher training program in Bible and Biblical Interpretation. This program is a joint project.  It began in conjunction with Baltimore Hebrew University. Thereafter, we partnered with Haifa University, Hebrew University, Bar Ilan University and are currently with Melton School of Education. The program has prepared a cadre of scholarly and inspired women who play prominent roles in Jewish education and leadership. My responsibilities include curriculum planning, faculty selection, admissions, personal direction of program participants, academic lecturing, supervision of theses, and placement of our graduates.

Some of the graduate courses (in Hebrew) I have taught include: Approaches to Biblical Narrative; The Book of Exodus: From Slavery to Redemption/From the Seneh to Sinai; Research Methods in the Study of Prophetic Literature; History and Theology in Jeremiah/Jeremiah Interpreted:the Rabbinic Analysis of the Prophet; Minor Prophets: Literary Artistry and Ethical Precepts; The Davidic Traditions in Samuel/ David’s Wives, David’s Sons;  Seminar in Medieval Biblical Exegesis; Scripture Envisioned: The Bible Through the Eyes of Rembrandt,   Moshe: Leadership and Family – Challenges and Concessions; Pathfinders from Noah to Micah; Dreams in the Bible and Midrash; King Solomon ‘s Wisdom.

 I also teach classes in Bible and biblical exegesis for participants committed to continuing Jewish education. These have included: The Challenge of Destiny in the Book of Numbers; The Prophets of Wrath; Law and Ritual in the Priestly Code; Prophets of Proclamation: Elijah, Elisha and Jonah. I give special lectures (in English) during the holiday seasons and in the summer program. In our joint program with Hebrew University I taught a course together with the head of the Melton School entitled “The Interface between Text and Teacher”. This innovation was a required course for Matan women and Hebrew Union College Rabbinical Students (men and women). The course had an interactive (chevruta) component which generated sharing of ideas and vantage points in the tradition of “70 facets of Torah”. Another exciting new program is the advanced institute for alumnae, now master teachers of Bible. I also served on the academic advisory board of Massekhet, Matan’s academic journal.  

In 2011 we opened a Judaism and the Arts program, “Matan Toratenu: Shiv’im Panim”. Beit Midrah text study and lectures are accompanied by forays in the world of art, music, literature and drama. In 2014 we began an additional track called:  “L’Mishpichotam L’Beit Avotam”, a family beit midrash. In 2015 we  launched the Eshkolot Advanced Educators Program.

1990 – 2004    Midreshet Moriah, Jerusalem

Instructor of  Bible

My work at Midreshet Moriah was primarily with post-high school students from North America, Europe and Australia who came to Jerusalem for an intensive year program in Jewish Studies. The major educational goal was to familiarize students with primary texts and tools to further their learning. One such example was Nach Yomi –  “A Chapter a Day of Scripture” a regimen by which students finished studying all of prophetic literature by the end of the year. I also coordinated the independent study programs for second year students.

1997    Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, Yeshiva University.

Instructor of Bible

I taught an intensive course in Teaching Bible  and Biblical Interpretation to graduate students of Jewish education participating in the Israeli Summer Block program. This included 40 young men studying for Rabbinic Ordination.  This course was previously taught by my mentor Prof. Nechama Leibowitz of blessed memory.

1980 – 1989    Michlala-Jerusalem College for Women, Jerusalem

Instructor of Bible

I taught Bible and Biblical Interpretation to Israeli students in a teacher training program and to foreign students participating in an intensive year program in Jewish Studies.

1978 – 1989    Touro College: New York/Jerusalem

Assistant Professor Of  Bible

Resident Director Touro College Israel Program

I began my work at Touro’s New York campus as an undergraduate instructor of Bible (1978-80). Subsequently, I coordinated a program for Touro students participating in year-abroad programs at Israeli institutions, and established  Touro’s Israel’s campus, including its graduate school of Jewish studies, where I taught Bible and Biblical Interpretation.

1977 – 1978    Yeshiva University High School for Girls, New York Instructor of Bible

I taught: The Five Megillot, The Book of Numbers, The Book of Job.

1976 – 1977    McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Instructor of Hebrew Language

In the framework of my graduate fellowship at McGill, I served as an instructor of Modern Hebrew Language, and developed a curriculum for teaching Hebrew Language and Literature.

 

Special Lectureships

 

2002: International Conference Psychological Aspects of Biblical Concepts and Persons, 4-6 March, 2002  – Amsterdam, Holland.

2003: Highland Way Scholar in Residence – “Esa Einai el HeHarim

Emunah Women of Great Britain –  Loch Lomand, Scotland.

2004-2005: Paideia -The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm, Sweden. I developed and taught academic courses in Bible and Biblical Interpretation.

2005: Heritages de Rachi Colloque  Scientifique d’Universitaires et de Chercheurs Specialistes de Rachi a l’occasion de la commemoration du 900eme anniversaire de la disparitioin de Rachi: Rashi Conference – Troyes-Paris, France, 27-29 Juin, 2005.

2006: Project Kesher – Beit Bina Teacher Training Seminar – Moscow, Russia.

2006: Limmud Conference – Vilna, Lithuania.

2006: “Torah Study, Exegesis and Research”: International Conference marking the Centenary of Nechama Leibowitz’s Birth in cooperation with Yeshiva University, New York and Tel Aviv Universities – Jerusalem

2001-2002: Van Lee Institute – Public Lectures in Bible and Biblical Interpretation, in Jerusalem and in Kfar Blum (in the Galilee).

1991-2001:      Wexner Jewish Heritage Foundation – Israel Institute

1996-1997:      Gesher Foundation – Teacher Training Institute

Scholar-in-Residence in cities world-wide. To name a few Toronto, New York, Pittsburgh, Palo Alto, Oakland, Portland, San Francisco, Berkley, Chicago, Seattle,  Mount Kisco, Engelwood, London, Manchester, Bournemouth, Gothenberg, and Stockholm.

Education

 

1977-1986: Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University. PhD in Bible. Dissertation Topic: Rashi’s Commentary on the Book of Samuel: Critical Edition and Supercommentary.(Hebrew) Advisor: Prof. Yeshayahu Maori. First woman to be awarded a PhD in Bible at Yeshiva University. 

1976-1977: McGill University. MA in Biblical Interpretation. Dissertation Topic: Ibn Ezra’s Two Commentaries on the Book of Esther (Hebrew). Advisor: Prof. B. Barry Levy. First graduate of the program.

1973-1974: Michlala-Jerusalem College for Women. Teacher’s Degree.

1972-1976: Barnard College. BA in Jewish Studies. Dissertation Topic: The Midrashic Treatment of the Akedah. Advisor: Prof. David Sperling. First Jewish Studies major at Barnard College.

 

Publications

 

Waiting for Rain: Reflections at the Turning of the Year, (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2008).

ושלח את הגשם: עיונים לראשית השנה, ירושלים: קורן, 2013.

שערי נחמה:מחזור לראש השנה עם פרשנותה של פרופ נחמה ליבוביץ, אלול תשע”ו

שערי נחמה: :מחזור ליום כיפור עם פרשנותה של פרופ נחמה ליבוביץ, אלול תשע”ז

Jeremiah Interpreted: A Rabbinic Analysis of the Prophet“, in G. Glas, ed., Hearing Visions and Seeing Voices: Psychological Aspects of Biblical Concepts and Persons (Netherlands: Springer, 2007), pp. 65-85.

Hebrew version:

Pulmoos Anti-Notzri Samuye B’perush Radak l’Niviim” (Heb.”פולמוס אנטי-נוצרי סמוי בפירוש רד”ק לנביאים”) “Pre-emptive Exegesis in the Biblical Commentaries of R. David Kimhi”, in Moshe Bar Asher, Noah Hakham and Yosef Ofer, eds.,  תשורה לעמוס  Teshurah L’Amos (Jubilee Volume for R. Amos Hacham),  )Michlelet Herzog: Alon Shvut, 2007), pp. 125-146.

English version:

Radak’s Pre-emptive Exegesis:  Concealed and Revealed Polemic in the Book of Kings” in To Fix Torah in their Hearts: Essays on Biblical Interpretation and Jewish Studies in Honor of B. Barry Levy (2018), pp 257-286.

Rachi et ses Sources: Apercus de son Commentaire sur le Livre de Samuel” (French), in Rene-Samuel Sirat, ed., Heritages de Rachi, (Editions de Eclat: Paris, 2006), pp. 167-177.

“S. D. Luzzatto’s Commentary on the Ten Plagues”, (Heb.”פירוש שד”ל לעשר מכות”) in Naftali Rotenberg, ed., Contemplating the Torah Portion (Hogim BaParsha הוגים בפרשה). (Tel Aviv, Yedioth Ahronoth Books, 2005), pp. 184-193.

“From Slavery to Redemption”, (Heb”.”משעבוד לגאולה) in Naftali Rotenberg, ed., Beginning the Week (Pothim Shavua פותחים שבוע ), [Jerusalem: Van Leer, 2001], 145-156.

“Drought in the Bible: Reasons and Relief”, (Heb.”על דברי הבצרות”), in Y. D. Shulman, ed., Sefer Isshei Hashem    ספר אישי ה’(New York, 2001), 193-197.

L’tzlile nevuot haOde b’Sefer Yirmiyahu“,  (Heb.”לצלילי העוד בספר ירמיהו”) (“Ode to Jeremiah”), in L’vaitcha Naava Kodesh לביתך נאוה קדש : Memorial Volume for Naava Applebaum (Israel, 2005), pp. 283-295.

Zecher l’Mikdash – Zecher l’Churban” (Heb.”זכר למקדש – זכר לחרבן”) “Memorializing the Temple – Memorializing the Destruction”, in, Chadesh Yamenu k’Kedem: חדש ימינו כקדם Memorial Volume for Michal Raziel and Malkie Roth (Heb.) [Jerusalem, 2004], pp. 59-66.

“Moshe: Portrait of the Leader as a Young Man”, in O. Elper and S. Handelman, eds., Torah of the Mothers (Jerusalem: Urim, 2000), 398-429.

Sense and Sensibilities: Women and Talmud Torah“, Jewish Action 59:2 (Fall, 1998), 18-25. Reprinted in, Traditions and Celebrations for the Bat Mitzvah, Ora Elper. Ed. (Jerusalem: Urim, 2003), pp. 324-340. (translated into Hebrew, Russian, Polish, German)

“Inscribe This in a Book as a Remembrance”, Traditions and Celebrations for the Bat Mitzvah, Ora Elper. Ed. (Jerusalem: Urim, 2003), pp. 317-321.

“Battle Fatigue and Deliverance”, Wellsprings: A Journal Exploring the Inner Dimension of Torah and the Jewish Soul, No. 50 (Summer 2002), pp. 6-7.

Arbaah Zerichin Chizzuk veElu Hen: Torah, Umaasim Tovim, Tefillah, Vederech Eretz” (Heb.ארבעה צריכים חיזוק ואלו הם: תורה, ומעשים טובים, תפילה ודרך ארץ”:), Rav Chesed: The Rabbi Haskel Lookstein Jubilee Volume, Rafael Medoff, ed. (Ktav 2009), pp. 485-494.

“Scripture Envisioned: The Bible through the Eyes of Rembrandt”, in Conversations, Issue 15 (Winter 2013/5773), pp. 189–199.

“Ahavah LeRei’akha uMakom LeKulam” [Hebrew]   אהבה לרעך ומקום לכולם
Source sheets (11 pp.) distributed in Elul 5774/2014 by the organization Makom LeKulam: Kidum Shiluv BaKehillah.

“Kein baShamayim Hi”, in Conversations, Issue 24 (Winter 2016/5776), 33–43.

“Hesed veEmet Nifgashu, Tzedek veShalom Nashaku” [Hebrew] חסד ואמת נפגשו, צדק ושלום נשקו (תהלים פה:יא) 
 (co-authored with Nehamah Cohen), in LeTakein et HaDerachim (Beit Hillel, Tishrei 5780/2019), p. 14.

“Ilu Hayah Li P’nai” (in Hebrew in 2020): in tribute to Rav Adin Steinsaltz zt”l   אילו היה לי פנאי : לעילוי נשמת הרב עדין רועה אבן ישראל שטיינזלץ זצ”ל (תשפ”א)

 

Websites

 

 As of 2010 all of the websites are being translated into Russian in conjunction with the Institute for Jewish studies in the CIS, founded by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz zt”l..  They are also being translated into Hebrew in conjunction with the Hekhal Shlomo Museum.

Scripture Envisioned: the Bible through the Eyes of Rembrandt,  (https://brynajochevedlevy.com/rembrandt/)

Commissioned by George S.Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies 2003.

This website brings the Bible to life through Rembrandt’s prodigious artistic activity. His love of and intimate knowledge of the Bible are displayed through his portraits. Rembrandt’s biblical scenes are not merely an exercise in historical painting, they contain his own passion and intensity as well as a remarkable degree of his innovative biblical interpretation.

Visions and Voices: Women Creating Jewish Life Through the Ages  (http://www.brynalevy.com/VISIONSVOICES/)

Commissioned by George S.Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies 2007. 

 This website is a multi-media production for women, by women, and about women. It includes video clips, lectures, songs and prayers, along with classical texts and commentary, art, literature and liturgy. The material ranges from biblical to contemporary sources. By clicking on ‘Let Her Voice be Heard’, you can actually hear women singing prayers in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, etc. These women’s voices blend and span the generations. They take us to countries throughout the world and accompany us through life’s journeys. The first unit Women and Prayer includes, “Women of Destiny”, “Miriam’s Rhythms”, “Women of Vision: Deborah and Hulda”, and “Hannah’s Prayer”.

Women and Wonder: A Hanukkah Family Website (in English, Hebrew and Russian)  (http://jewishhistory.com/women-wonder/ )

Commissioned by George S.Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies 2007. 

This website reveals the integral connection of women to Hanukkah, the festival of miracles. The site is filled with resources and ideas; sights and sounds; visions and voices. You will encounter heroic women, courageous families, ancient customs, current challenges, timeless oil…and manifold definitions of miracles.

Royalty and Reality Jewish Queens and Princesses from Biblical Times Through Today:  (http://jewishhistory.com/royalty-reality/ )

Commissioned by George S. Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies 2009.

From time immemorial royal families have captured the hearts and minds of young and old. Everything they do and say seems to be of interest to the masses, arousing curiosity and speculation. Jewish history holds the Queens of Israel in high regard. The magical power of queens and princesses explains their appeal. These women were enablers; working to build bridges. Many a chapter of Jewish history points to the power of the queen and the mystery of majesty to turn the tide. This website considers a magnificent array of royal women in Jewish history, such as Queen Helena of Adiabene, The Queen of Sheba, Ruth: the Mother of Royalty, and Pharaoh’s Daughter, and their ability to transform reality from what was into what ought to be.

Personal Status

 

Born 1 March 1955    6 Children