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Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar (Hardcover)

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by Yael Unterman


Professor Nehama 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.


Series: Modern Jewish Lives - volume 3

Hardcover, 607 pages (includes over 50 b/w photos plus an index)


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.


About the series Modern Jewish Lives: 


Many in our generation are unfamiliar with some of the great Jewish personalities of recent history. The intention of the Modern Jewish Lives series is to tell their stories. These works - penetrating biographies with a religious heart - provide readers with an understanding of and appreciation for the lives of real people whom we can admire and from whom we can draw inspiration.


Vol. 1: Rabbi Shlomo Goren: Torah Sage and General
Vol. 2: Rabbi Haim David Halevy: Gentle Scholar and Courageous Thinker
Vol. 3: Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar


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