Weekly roundup – Vayeitzei

Tiffany Haddish and Rabbi Susan Silverman (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)

Dahlia Soussman, a Rising Voices fellow at the Jewish Women’s Archive, writes of her response to studying Talmud as a woman, and the obligation of women to perform time-bound mitzvot:

I interpret “Lo bashamayim hi” to mean that the halakha of our present and future can and must change to be relevant to our lives right now. 

On Jewish Currents, Sarah Seltzer reports on experiences of sexual pressure and harassment on the Birthright Israel program.

Tiffany Haddish became a bat mitzvah this week (mazal tov!), and also released her new Netflix special, Black Mitzvah.

The Forward features an interview with Rabbi Susan Silverman, who officiated Haddish’s bat mitzvah (and who also happens to be Sarah Silverman’s sister):

I feel like in a time where there’s in general so much anti-Semitism, to see a group of people who are mostly not Jewish really seeing the beauty and power of Judaism in a moment — wow, I’m so grateful to be along for this ride.

On Alma, Rebecca Pierce describes how important Haddish’s bat mitzvah is for black Jews:

Tiffany Haddish’s joyful bat mitzvah pictures are a reminder that life as a Black Jew isn’t just suffering and discrimination — it’s also pride, laugher, and a sense of community. Seeing Tiffany Haddish reading from the Torah at her bat mitzvah means seeing my own love for Jewish learning reflected back at me.

Shavua tov.

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