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Research Fellow

Dr. Orit Avnery is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute and a graduate of the Hartman Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, where she received ordination in 2018. She is a lecturer in Bible and Dean of Students at Shalem College, and holds both a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She received her PhD in Bible Studies from Bar-Ilan University, where her dissertation was entitled “The Threefold Cord: Interrelations between the Books of Samuel, Ruth and Esther.” Orit was a participant in the Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions (ATID), a fellowship program for future educational leaders, and she served as the coordinator of its Yeud Beit Midrash for three years.

Orit taught Bible studies at Pelech High School for Girls and Midreshet Lindenbaum, and has studied at the Matan Women’s Institute for Jewish Studies, all in Jerusalem.

Orit’s book Liminal Women: Belonging and Otherness in the Books of Ruth and Esther was published by The Shalom Hartman Institute and Keter Press in 2015.

Orit Avnery


Feb 11, 2021

The Megillah Project: leading Jewish thinkers reflect on the Book of Esther

Dec 9, 2020

Two-part rabbinic elective offering a close reading of the Book of Judges

May 15, 2020

Orit Avnery discusses the human aspects of the Book of Ruth

Mar 28, 2019

Every participant at the Seder must think of something that happened during the year that, because the individual was part of it, he only saw the back of the one in front of him.

Jan 22, 2011

How did the name Yehuda become the name most identified with the Jewish People and evolve into its derivative, "Jew?"

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