What Dorothy discovered in Oz and Alice discovered in Wonderland you’ll discover here: a parallel reality where a third temple rose and fell in antiquity, women were ordained in the fifth century CE, and alternate sages and texts ripple in and out of the ones we know from history.
This work of midrash, interpretive stories, opens with: “Before God began to create anything, before there was heaven or earth, night or day, good or bad, in or out, up or down, God said, ‘I must create Myself.’” and heads toward its conclusion with: “It was late afternoon. Tirzah, the designated messiah for our planet, was sitting in her study, up in sixth heaven.”
These are two of the ways in which this book is different. Liturgist and midrash writer Andrew Ramer not only reinvents Jewish history. He also reinvents his own family, the Hebrew Bible, and adds excerpts from the writings of some of our ancient women sages, inviting you to ask yourself, “How do we read sacred texts in the twenty-first century? What grounds me and guides me in our tradition? And what gives me hope and dreams and inspires me to take action to make the world a better place, in a troubled world of trembling possibilities?”
“Andrew Ramer has produced a lucid, beautifully crafted work of extraordinary imagination and learning. Reading in-between the lines of biblical and post-biblical texts, he opens these up in ways whimsical and earnest, and consistently compelling.”
Cosponsors: Lehrhaus Judaica, San Francisco Public Library, USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, Jewish Community Library, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Keshet
Andrew Ramer, the world’s first ordained interfaith maggid /sacred storyteller, is the author of Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories, and a co-author of the international best seller Ask Your Angels. He’s working on a new book about a woman in Jewish folklore who is immortal. Learn more at andrewramer.com/.