Prof. Renée Levine Melammed, Parashat Chayei Sarah and an Unknown Matriarch

Prof. Renée Levine Melammed, shares a story of a special woman, who was renowned for her exceptional intellect in an era when many women did not learn to read. This unknown matriarch, Sarah Rivka Leah Rachel Horowitz, combined an appreciation of women’s traditional roles while demonstrating that women had far more learning abilities than was usually recognized.

When should we Study Pirkei Avot and when should we Recite Barekhi Nafshi and Shirei Hama’alot on Shabbat Afternoon? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 1

Question from Dr. Josh Greenfield, New York: In your article last May (Responsa in a Moment, Vol. 13, No. 4) you stressed the importance of studying Pirkei Avot as one of the most basic rabbinic texts. I have a follow-up question: According to many siddurim, Parashat Nitzavim (September 28, 2019) will be the last Shabbat to recite Pirkei Avot this year, and we should start reciting Barekhi Nafshi and Shirei Hama’alot (Psalms 104, 120-135) on Shabbat Bereishit (October 26, 2019). Are there specific customs for what to study on the three Shabbatot between now and then (Shabbat Shuvah-Vayeilech, Shabbat Ha’azinu, and Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot)?