Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Women Wrote: Non-male Sources for Torah Study

Undergraduate Project

Project Information

Brandeis Judaica Librarian, Dr. Rachel Greenblatt plans to continue a project begun by a Gilda Slifka intern in 2021 compiling a resource for teachers and users of source sheets, the ubiquitous tool used for Torah study, that provides bibliographic information and, where possible, access to non male-identified Torah voices. The endeavor follows from a September 2020 column in eJewishPhilantropy which focused on eliminating all-male authored source sheets. Dr. Greenblatt seeks an intern to assist in the research and development of this resource, most likely in the creation of a “LibGuide.” The selected intern will have the opportunity to become familiar with databases for Jewish text, such as the Bar Ilan Responsa Project, Sefaria, Otsar HaHochma, etc.

Profile of Appropriate Candidate

  • Ability to engage in basic text study in Jewish sources

  • Reading knowledge of rabbinic and modern Hebrew (required)

  • Yiddish, German, French, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic (helpful, but not required)

  • Excellent English writing skills; highly proficient English reading

  • Strong attention to details, especially in properly citing sources

  • Tolerance for some degree of tedium in daily work

  • Ability to meet deadlines and complete assignments independently