Michelle Cohen Farber

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Rabbanit Michelle Cohen Farber (b. 1971/1972 (age 49–50)[1]) is the first woman to lead a Daf Yomi,[2] a multi-year Jewish Talmud study cycle traditionally reserved for men. The women's Daf Yomi led by Farber noted its Siyum HaShas (completion of the Daf Yomi cycle) at the International Convention Center (Binyanei Ha'Uma) in Jerusalem on January 4–5, 2020.[1][3][4] Her study group meets at her home in Raanana, Israel.[1]

Farber, an Orthodox Jew, is originally from Lawrence, New York, and emigrated to Israel c. 1995.[2][4] She first studied Talmud at age 14 at Yeshivah of Flatbush.[5] She studied at Barnard College in the U.S., then at Bar-Ilan University in Israel where she received a bachelor's degree in Talmud and Bible.[1]

Farber co-founded Hadran, an organization to promote Talmud study by women.[1][4][5]

She is married to Rabbi Seth Farber, founder and director of the Jewish life advocacy organization, ITIM.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Sales, Ben (2019-12-10). "Talmud study is mostly a boys' club. This Orthodox woman wants to change that". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2020-01-04 – via Jewish Standard (Teaneck, New Jersey).
  2. ^ a b Chabin, Michele (2019-11-01). "Women's Talmud Study Takes Big Leap Forward". The Jewish Week. New York. Retrieved 2020-01-04. Farber is believed to be the only female educator in Israel and possibly the world to have taught daf yomi day in and day out for an entire cycle.
  3. ^ Sharon, Jeremy (2019-12-16). "First mass women's Daf Yomi celebration to take place in Jerusalem". The Jerusalem Post. Jerusalem. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  4. ^ a b c Kershner, Isabel (2020-01-04). "A Revolution in Jewish Learning, With Women Driving Change". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  5. ^ a b Wojakovski, Nadine (December 16, 2019). "Talmud study isn't just for men". The Jewish Chronicle. London.
  6. ^ "Thousands Gather To Celebrate Women's Talmud Study In Jerusalem". forward.com. The Forward. 2020-01-06. Retrieved Jan 6, 2020.

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