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Haviva Ner David

Wrestling with Gender and Commandment:

A Conversation with Haviva Ner-David, Tova Mirvis, and Anita Diamant

Mayyim Hayyim is excited to welcome Rabbi Dr. Haviva Ner-David to discuss her new book, Chanah’s Voice: A Rabbi Wrestles with Gender, Commandment, and the Women’s Rituals of Baking, Bathing, and Brightening.

Joining Haviva will be Tova Mirvis, Newton resident and author of Visible City, The Outside World, and The Ladies Auxiliary, and Mayyim Hayyim’s own Founding President Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent, Good Harbor, and the upcoming Boston Girl, to be released in December 2014.  Together, Haviva, Tova and Anita will discuss their literary treatments of themes related to women and Judaism. <<More>>


From the Mayyim Hayyim Blog

Mourning at the Mikveh

Rachel

by Rachel

I ate a slice of pizza on Yom Kippur this year. I have not told anyone that. Well, of course my husband knows because he came into the kitchen and saw me sitting on our red linoleum floor eating the cold slice of pizza I found in the fridge. He did not judge me, and I hope you won’t either.

I will tell you why I ate pizza this year on Yom Kippur; my 31-year-old brother is dying. What does that have to do with pizza on Yom Kippur? Weeks of sleeping on the floor of the ICU waiting room can change your perspective on a lot of things–including the High Holy Days. Or at least it did for me.

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