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Alina Treiger To Become First Female Rabbi Ordained In Germany Since WWII

The first female rabbi to be trained in Germany since the Holocaust is set to be ordained.

Thirty-one-year-old Alina Treiger was born in Ukraine and came to Germany in 2002 after studying music in Moscow. Once ordained, she will oversee Jewish communities in Lower Saxony in eastern Germany.

Treiger told Germany’s ZDF television before her ordination Thursday that she recognizes the Holocaust is part of German Jews’ past, but hopes Jews can identify with the positive experiences they have today.

The German-Jewish community ordained its first female rabbi, Regina Jonas, in 1935. She was killed in Auschwitz in 1944.

Today around 200,000 Jews live in Germany, more than half of whom came after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Read the full story at the Guardian UK .

9 Responses

  1. YW, why are you gushing over this irrelevant piece of ‘news’. What do we care about female rabbis? Am I on the wrong website?

  2. Why get excited about a “reform rabbi” who is a woman?

    -After all “reform rabbis” don’t have to be shomer Shabbas.
    -“reform rabbis” don’t have to have a k’halacha conversion, if not born Jewish, i.e. they don’t even have to be Jewish.
    -“reform rabbis” don’t even have to believe in G-d.

    I would say being female is the least of the issues here.

  3. I am certainly not one wise enough or holy enough to be able to even begin to conjecture on the cause of the Holocaust.
    I do think it is safe to say however, that when HKB”H was “weighing” things on his heavenly “scales”, the birth of the “reform” movement was not placed on those scales in the “kaf” ha’zechus.

  4. #8 “helpful”…
    I don’t want to get off the content of this article, but NO the same can NOT be said about Zionism.
    Zionism is the national component of being part of the the Jewish People. HaSh-m gave us a Torah and in that Torah He gave us a (Holy)Land. Praying to, striving to return to and live in that land, building that Land, is an integral part of Hash-m’s Torah. THAT is what Zionism is. (All the multitude of halachos relating to agriculture and to karbanos are not talking about living a life in Nebraska.) The fact that secularists latched on to this one aspect of Yiddishkeit and gave up the even more important spiritual/halachic aspects, does NOT negate that the national/homeland chaylek of Yiddishkeit (a.k.a. Zionism) is based on the fact that HaSh-m, in His Torah, gave us Eretz Yisrael.

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