‘Memoirs of a Hopeful Pessimist’

"One can be a great lover of Israel and still be critical, that one can be a religiously observant Jew and a feminist."

June 22, 2017 19:09
Debbie Weissman

Debbie Weissman. (photo credit: PR)


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In the life of any activist comes the day when the major question that comes to mind is “What will I leave after me?” This is exactly the question that began to bother Dr. Debbie Weissman, a veteran of Interfaith Dialogues and a pillar of the Yedidya congregation in Baka, one of the first Modern Orthodox synagogues where issues on women’s status seem to have been answered mostly positively for the past 20 years.

Weissman’s book Memoirs of a Hopeful Pessimist summarizes her early years in New York through to her decision to make aliya and become observant, and then her path in the interfaith encounters and dialogues for more than 30 years (mostly with Christians).


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