From the Press
September 21, 2022
“Most women don’t even understand that they should have access to these texts, and that’s one of the things I’m trying to change,” she told The Jerusalem Report. “This book (the Talmud) is critical to you to be a part of the Jewish culture, community, and tradition.”
August 3, 2022
It takes something really special to fill a beis midrash on a random Tuesday evening in the middle of the summer. The Young Israel of Jamaica Estates did just that, as it inaugurated its newly renovated beis midrash with an exceptional presentation...
January 07, 2021
Rabbanit Michelle Cohen Farber wakes up at 4:45 a.m. every day. One cup of coffee later, she powers on her computer and connects via Zoom from her home in Ra’anana to teach her first Daf Yomi lesson of the day—this one in Hebrew.
February 27, 2020
On Thursday evening, February 20, a large gathering of men and women assembled at Congregation Rinat Yisrael to participate in a Daf Yomi learning session offered by Rabbanit Michelle Cohen Farber.
February 14, 2020
Michelle Farber brings her Daf Yomi experience to Teaneck. The Talmud is the "basis of everything" Rabbanit Michelle Cohen Farber said. "Most of our Judaism comes from the Talmud, and learning it creates a different understanding of our tradition and our religion."
February 2, 2020
Among devout Orthodox Jews, the intense study of Talmud is no longer just a man's world. Women are increasingly delving into this central religious work, and American expats in Israel are at the forefront of the trend.
Jan. 10, 2020
What does one wear to the first major celebration of women’s achievements in Talmud learning, a “before and after” moment that will affect our community for ages to come?
Jan. 7, 2020
As Orthodox Jews worldwide conclude a grueling marathon of daily Talmud study, a growing number of Israeli women have joined the effort, spotlighting collapsing gender barriers in the male-dominated community.
Jan. 6, 2020
An event marks the culmination of a 7.5-year daily gemara cycle — and a crescendo in decades of efforts by teachers to wrest Jewish texts from men’s-only clubs
January 6, 2020
Come in: There’s Room Now for Women Too in Talmud Learning. -Ilana Blumberg
On a cold night in Jerusalem, more than 3300 women and men gathered for the first public celebration of women’s Siyum HaShas.
December 16, 2019
On January 4 next year, the seven and a half year cycle of Talmud study in which a double-sided folio page of Talmud is studied every day, will be completed.
December 16, 2019
A quiet revolution is taking place in women's learning.
For the past 2,600 or so days Michelle Cohen Farber has opened up her home in Ra’anana at 8.15am sharp to a group of women of all ages to teach them daf yomi — a daily page — of the Babylonian Talmud.
Interviews and Blogs
By Romi Sussman | September 30, 2022
I put my ego aside, I showed up as a novice, and I worked hard. And I've discovered that I'm worth the effort and struggle to attempt something new... And now, with 1,000 days of trying behind me, I marvel at the commitment and the love of learning.
May 12, 2021
March 3, 2020
There are so many concerns in the world today; so many ways to focus on our emotional, physical and spiritual health. The world is bracing for more coronavirus outbreaks... Every day for the last 60, I’ve enjoyed an escape from the swirl of current day chaos.
January 7, 2020
The experts say to sleep on it because things will always seem brighter and clearer in the morning. And as such, hence my reflections from the morning after a night of most magnanimous historic proportions.
January 6, 2020
For a few short hours, I felt no tension. Just pure joy, sweetness, love, inspiration and awe. It was the Hadran Siyum Hashas for women in Jerusalem, and the feeling was electrifying and deeply meaningful and fulfilling all at once.