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Rachel Adler

This individual is not a direct affiliate of the Berkley Center.

Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College, Adler is among the first Jewish thinkers to integrate feminist ideas and critiques into Jewish law. Originally an Orthodox Jew, Adler joined the Jewish Reform Movement where she was eventually ordained a rabbi. Her books range from a discussion of the Holocaust to sexual abuse, but she grounds her ideas conceptually within the genre of feminist critique. Her books reinterpret halakha (Jewish law) from a feminist perspective and she argues for gender equality and modes of gender reciprocity within a Jewish world view. Her book Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics (1996) was awarded National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought. She is considered one of the most significant female Jewish theologians in the modern era.
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