Publications by HaMidrasha

A century after the early Zionist pioneers cast off religion in a quest to become secular “Hebrew” farmers and fighters, their cultural heirs are rediscovering the riches of a forgotten Jewish heritage and yearning for meaningful new ties to ritual and holiday celebration. But finding these pathways is no simple task. Many non-religious Israeli Jews are estranged from traditional texts, uncomfortable with “how to” guides and are wary of feeling judged when they ask questions.

 

As a result, there is a wide audience in Israel for books that fill the breach. HaMidrasha has provided some of the most popular of these resources, authoring books and guides that combine clear explanation with a wealth of creativity, and that are designed for eye-level appeal to the Hebrew reader:

Chag Yisraeli –
Israeli Families Celebrating Jewish Holidays

This book offers an approach that integrates old and new, and honors the style and traditions of every Israeli family. Chag Yisraeli is an invaluable tool for individuals, families, communities and educators in restoring the Sabbath and holidays to the Israeli Jewish home in Israel and abroad; and for renewing Jewish life for Israelis in a spirit that imbues our age-old traditions with a compelling sense of personal relevance. Available in Israeli book stores today.

Seder Tu b’Shevat

 

Haggadah,
“Hatzaah LeSeder:Tradition and Innovation”

In 2000,Yediyot Ahronot published our Haggadah, “Hatzaah LeSeder: Tradition and Innovation”, The book is user friendly as it offers ways Israeli families can make the Passover seder a meaningful family event. The book includes activities for families and children around the Passover table and includes Israeli songs and modern Israeli literature that can be read during the seder. More than 25,000 copies in multiple printings.

Times in our Lives –
Jewish Lifecycle Ceremonies

was published in 2007, also by Yediot Ahronot, and went into a second printing. “Times of our Lives” explains life cycle celebrations for individuals, families and for communities. It brings creativity and the Israeli character to ceremonies including: brit milah and simchat bat, bar and bat mitzvah, wedding ceremonies and funerals.

V’hee Sheamda –
a Passover Haggadah with a new women’s midrash

HaMidrasha’s most recent publication, “V’hee Sheamda – a Passover Haggadah with a new women’s midrash”, offers commentary to the traditional text by some of Israel’s most eminent voices on the topic of women in Judaism. It is the first-ever Israeli feminist Haggadah.

Soon to be in English!!!

Vehe Sheamda, The Jewish Link

Dorshot Tov

A collective Feminist interpretation of the Talmudic discussion of ‘Yichud‘ – the prohibitions of a man and a woman who are not married to be alone in an isolated space. Through this halachic discussion, the Rabbis present their assumptions and beliefs regarding gender and sexuality.’ Dorshot Tov’ is an attempt to bridge the gap often experienced between the worldview of classic Jewish texts and that of the feminist-modern reader.


A collective Feminist interpretation of the Talmudic discussion of ‘Yichud‘ – the prohibitions of a man and a woman who are not married to be alone in an isolated space. Through this halachic discussion, the Rabbis present their assumptions and beliefs regarding gender and sexuality.’ Dorshot Tov’ is an attempt to bridge the gap often experienced between the worldview of classic Jewish texts and that of the feminist-modern reader.

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