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Rabbi Avital Hochstein is a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute and has learned, taught, and done research at the institute for more than 15 years. In 2016, she was among the first recipients of rabbinical ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute / HaMidrasha at Oranim Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis.

Avital is currently working on her Ph.D., focusing on Talmud, in the Gender Studies Program at Bar Ilan University.

Avital is President of Mechon Hadar in Israel and co-authored Women Out Women In – The Place of Women in Midrash (published in 2008) with Prof. Chana Safrai.

Avital Hochstein


Oct 31, 2023

Avital Hochstein on Hadar's podcast, Ta Shma

Dec 30, 2019

Yosef teaches us that relationships require exposure.

Dec 10, 2019

Dec 8, 2019

Or: the Hanukkah candles' criticism of Particularism and Universalism

Dec 1, 2019

Yaakov chooses to encounter God through prayer and allows prayer to set the frame for meaning. Yaakov could have "just stumbled upon a place," but instead he meaningfully encounters the Makom, the Omnipresent

Nov 17, 2019

Aging is what enables the shift from past to present and from present to future; it is what enables the continuity of change and development.

Nov 5, 2019

Hagar teaches us that vision has tremendous power in relationships.

Oct 27, 2019

Parashat Bereishit raises fundamental questions about the nature, characteristics, and essence of humanity’s existence.

Sep 24, 2019

No halakha can be introduced by prophecy, but the tools of Torah study are granted as ways of learning new halakhot throughout the ages

Sep 4, 2019

Aug 19, 2019

Living in response to what comes forth from God’s mouth creates a reality of independence and maturity

Aug 14, 2019

The exclusivity of the relationship with God and an understanding of the ramifications of betrayal, the possibility of teshuvah and the ability to hold those who sin and make mistakes

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