Guides for rituals

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Guide to

Eid El Banat ritual

Booklet for ritual organizers with explanations about the Women's Festival celebrated at the beginning of the month of Tevet among north African Jewish women.   

Ritual guide to accompany the mother before birth

 This ritual aims at calming down the anxiety and fear in the last stages of the pregnancy. It offers the mother-to-be serenity and security. This is a guide to organize this ritual that summons faith and women's support as sources of the strength needed by the pregnant woman.

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Parashat Vayakhel 

Ritual guide/booklet 

The ritual presents the important role played by women of wise heart in the construction of the Tabernacle and, going forward, in the construction of the world of Torah in our days

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Rabbi Leah Shakdiel

Leah Shakdiel's lecture discussed several aspects of patriarchy as an economic, social, and political principle that has organized people's lives, and the ramifications of this principle on Jewish religion and law. She looked at the fairly recent change in Jewish women's standpoint vs. the Torah world, as this change occurred against that historical background.

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Dr Zehorit Asulin

Dr Asulin examined Freud’s conceptualizations of transmission of tradition, and proposed a Jewish interpretation of how we may  turn pathological tradition into healthy tradition. She discussed how the construction of the self of Abraham and Sarah, as it is told in the Torah, opens a new doorway to understand the construction of the self as part of our belonging to a community, instead of being the result of an ambivalent and conflictive relationship with it. 


Speaker series


Heftsi Cohen-Montagu

Heftsi's lecture explored Sephardi rabbis as a possible inspiration for a traditionist feminism. She asked how we, as women, expand the Jewish story by coming into the texts, providing new interpretations, and rescuing the unheard voices of women. Cohen-Montagu explained how the act of stepping into the textual tradition is acting "in the name of the father" but rescuing women's voices means acting "in the name of the mother".


Yafa Benaya

Benaya's lecture explored the meaning of Sephardi Modernity through the work and life of Esther Moyal and Jacqueline Kahanoff. Through their life stories and texts, we will attempt to understand their activities in the world they lived as well as their way of thinking about three cultural and political questions: Jewish identity, the East-West divide and Jewish-feminist identity.



 Hospitality, ethics of care and the traditionist feminism of Beit Midrash Arevot. An experiential essay.

By Angy Cohen

This article explores women’s tradition of hospitality, the epistemic and moral contribution of their practices of welcoming the other and their historical experience as providers of care. It discusses the reflections of the members of Beit Midrash Arevot, which shed light on a traditionist feminism that develops an ethics and practice of hospitality as welcoming otherness.


Flora Sassoon, the Torah scholar who bridged between East and West (in Hebrew)

by Yafa Benaya 

The forgotten feminist Jewish woman: Flora Sasson, the Baghdadi Torah scholar (in Hebrew)

by Yafa Benaya 

The masorti way: the possibility of a Judaism for all the Jewish people (in Hebrew)

by Yafa Benaya


Passover in Egypt: Jacqueline Kahanoff between East and West (in Hebrew)

by Yafa Benaya

Commentaries on the weekly portion of the Torah


Table for five- One Torah verse, five voices


By Heftisbah Cohen-Montagu


By Yafa Benaya


Parashat Vavetzei

Parashat Seach lecha

Haftara of the first day of Rosh HaShanah

Parashat Vayigash

Haftarah of Shavuot

Parashat Vaikra

Parashat Chayei Sarah

Parashat Dvarim

Parashat Bo