Winner of the 2009 National Jewish Book Award finalist winner in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience
Hardcover, 607 pages, 50+ b/w photos and an index
Professor Nechama Leibowitz (1905-1997), winner of the Israel Prize in Education, was a unique figure in the twentieth century Jewish landscape. She wrote a best-selling series, Studies in the Weekly Torah Portion, and provided a one-woman correspondence course in Bible, using her famous gilyonot (worksheets), for more than thirty years. A brilliant teacher, an erudite scholar, and a forthright, warm and humorous human being, she left her mark on tens of thousands of people around the world: taxi drivers, waitresses, professors, rabbis, kibbutzniks and students.
This book documents her life story, inspiring personality and scholarship. It discusses her strong views on such issues as Zionism, humanism and feminism, as well as the influences that shaped her. Other topics covered include her pioneering approach to Bible and commentaries that changed the face of Jewish Bible study, her acceptance as a prominent Torah scholar despite her gender, and the future of her work in light of recent scholarship.
Nechama Leibowitz's story is not only that of an accomplished woman or even of a great Jewish personality, but also touches upon some of the major developments and concerns of twentieth-century Jewish life.
About the Author:
Yael Unterman grew up in the UK and resides in Jerusalem. She holds degrees in psychology and Talmud, Jewish history and creative writing. She has lectured worldwide and has published articles in various genres, including in the critically-acclaimed books Torah of the Mothers and Wisdom from All My Teachers. She facilitates bibliodramas and performs in educational theater productions, including original pieces, and is also a life coach.