Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman

Mira Beth Wasserman’s work as a rabbi and scholar bridges Talmud study, community building and the pursuit of social justice. She is director of the Center for Jewish Ethics and assistant professor of rabbinic literature at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Her teaching and research focuses on how Talmud study can serve contemporary ethical deliberation. Her book, Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals: The Talmud After the Humanities, was awarded the Salo Baron prize for the best first book in Jewish studies published in 2017.


Adam Uncovers the Light Video Teaching

Why do Jewish holidays and the holidays of so many other peoples and cultures coincide with the shortest days of winter? Mira Wasserman, Ph.D. offers this Talmudic teaching from Avodah Zara that touches on light, the turning of the seasons and ritual. This story emphasizes the commonalities among people and that all human beings are children of Adam, the first human.

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