East City Bookshop welcomes Sigal Samuel with her new book Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World's First Female Rabbi in conversation with Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter.
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About the Book
Osnat was born five hundred years ago – at a time when almost everyone believed in miracles. But very few believed that girls should learn to read.
Yet Osnat’s father was a great scholar whose house was filled with books. And she convinced him to teach her. Then she in turn grew up to teach others, becoming a wise scholar in her own right, the world’s first female rabbi!
Some say Osnat performed miracles – like healing a dove who had been shot by a hunter! Or saving a congregation from fire!
But perhaps her greatest feat was to be a light of inspiration for other girls and boys; to show that any person who can learn might find a path that none have walked before.
About Sigal Samuel
Sigal Samuel is an award-winning novelist and journalist. Currently a Staff Writer at Vox, she previously worked as Religion Editor at The Atlantic, Opinion Editor at the Forward, and Associate Editor at the Daily Beast. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. The Mystics of Mile End, her debut novel, was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and the Alberta Book Publishing Award. Sigal hails from an Iraqi Jewish family in Montreal, and now lives in Washington, DC.
About Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter
Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter is the founder and spiritual leader of the South Philadelphia Shtiebel, a new and inclusive Modern Orthodox community in South Philadelphia. Rabbanit Fruchter also holds the position of Halachic Advisor for Niddah and Women’s Health at Beth Sholom Congregation. She has served as an Assistant Spiritual Leader at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, MD, the largest Modern Orthodox Congregation in the Washington Metropolitan area. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Rabbanit Fruchter was ordained by Yeshivat Maharat in June of 2016 upon completion of the Maharat Semikha Program combining a mastery of the texts of Orthodox Jewish law with pastoral education. She graduated summa cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College and completed an M.P.A. in Non-Profit Administration and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.