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A Modern Men’s Torah Commentary

Friday, July 17, 2009| Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Debra Nussbaum Cohen posted on the Forward‘s Sisterhood Blog this week about a forthcoming book from Jewish Lights Publishing: The Modern Men’s Torah Commentary: New Insights from Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions (Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, ed.). Cohen writes:

The Atlanta-based Rabbi Salkin gives a nod toward Jewish feminist scholarship, and writes in the introduction that feminism has pointed out that we see the world through a gendered lens. He also writes, “The great, often unspoken crisis facing modern liberal Judaism is the disengagement of its men.”

There is, to be sure, a serious problem of disengagement among young men in liberal synagogues, but Rabbi Salkin overstates it. Thoughtful analysts are more likely to say that the great crisis facing modern liberal Judaism is overall illiteracy and indifference.

The very idea of a book of men’s Torah commentary rankles some leading Jewish feminists.

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