Rabbi Mira Wasserman, Ph.D. | Reconstructing Judaism

Rabbi Mira Wasserman, Ph.D.

Director of Center for Jewish Ethics, Assistant Professor of Rabbinic Literature, RRC

Mira Wasserman’s work as a rabbi and scholar bridges Talmud study, community building and the pursuit of social justice. In her current book project, she argues for drawing on Rabbinic literature—the Talmud in particular—as a model for contemporary ethical deliberation. 

Before pursuing her doctorate, Rabbi Wasserman served as rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Bloomington, IN, for over a decade.  As rabbi, she facilitated three lay-led minyanim and initiated a full-day Jewish preschool and kindergarten. She also published a children’s book, Too Much of a Good Thing (Kar Ben, 2003)based on Talmudic stories that she shared with her youngest congregants.

Rabbi Wasserman’s doctorate in Jewish Studies is from the University of California at Berkeley. Her rabbinic ordination is from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and she is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Barnard College.

When Will We Ever Learn?

Why do we persist in turning our backs on the very wisdom that will sustain our lives? Rabbi Mira Wasserman reflects on the message of Parashat Ha’azinu: how our individual decisions reverberate, with long-reaching consequences.

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