by Deborah Greniman

Vigorous and Vivacious

A chance to meet the woman who revitalized Bible study.

Nehama Leibowitz (1905–1997) — known, despite her renown and academic distinctions, simply as Nehama — was still actively teaching Torah for a number of years after I arrived in Jerusalem, yet I never met or studied with her. For those with similar regrets, and for those who did know and learn from the woman who taught generations of Jewish educators how to study the Bible, the beautifully produced new book by Yael Unterman, Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar (Urim, $33) is a celebration. Nehama Leibowitz’s feisty personality, and the staunch principles and methods that guided her, emerge vividly from the pages, largely in the words of those who knew her best.

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