Dr. Bryna Jocheved Levy is one of the most esteemed Bible teachers in Israel and throughout the world. She is also a leader in the movement for women's Torah studies, and was the first woman awarded a doctoral degree in Biblical Studies by Yeshiva University. Dr. Levy is the founder and dean of the Joan and Shael Bellows Joint Graduate Program in Bible and Biblical Interpretation at Matan: the Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies in Jerusalem and Hebrew University's Melton School of Jewish Education.

Dr. Levy’s advanced Bible classes, her stellar lectures world-wide, her groundbreaking articles in the field of Bible, her recently released book, Waiting for Rain, and her websites, are all dazzling examples of Torah artistry at its best.
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Sites Created by Dr. Levy

Scripture Envisioned:
The Bible through the Eyes of Rembrandt

Commissioned by George S. Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies 2003.

This online exhibit takes well-known biblical stories and brings them to life using Rembrandt's art along with an illuminating commentary on them by eminent Bible scholar Dr. Bryna Jocheved Levy. Rembrandt’s love of and intimate knowledge of the Bible are displayed through his portraits, which contain his own passion and intensity as well as a remarkable degree of his innovative biblical interpretation.

New: The Bible through the Eyes of Rembrandt in Russian!
The Bible through the Eyes of Rembrandt in Hebrew!

Visions and Voices
Women Creating Jewish Life Through the Ages

Commissioned by George S. Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies 2007.

Visions and Voices is a multi-media production for women, by women and about women. The first unit launched is Women and Prayer comprising a section on the matriarchs- "Women of Destiny"; "Miriam's Rhythms"; "Women of Vision: Deborah and Hulda"; and "Hannah's Prayer". The site includes video clips, lectures, songs and prayers, along with classical texts and commentary, art, literature and liturgy. The material ranges from biblical to contemporary sources. By clicking on ‘Let Her Voice be Heard’, you can actually hear women singing prayers in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaeo-Spanish. These women's voices blend and span the generations. They take us to countries throughout the world and accompany us through life's journeys.

Women and Wonder:
A Hanukkah Family Website

Commissioned by George S. Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies 2007.

Women and Wonder reveals the integral connection of women to Hanukkah, the festival of miracles. The site is filled with resources and ideas; sights and sounds; visions and voices. You will encounter heroic women, courageous families, ancient customs, current challenges, timeless oil…and manifold ideas about just what a miracle is. The site consists of eight candles, eight dimensions for you to explore-- one for each of the special nights of Hanukkah. The innovative short articles are complimented by Hanukkah songs, beautiful images and family projects.

New for Hanukkah 2008- Women and Wonder in Russian!
New for Hanukkah 2009- Women and Wonder in Hebrew!

Royalty and Reality:
Jewish Queens and Princesses from Biblical times through Today
Commissioned by George S. Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies 2008.

From time immemorial royal families have captured the hearts and minds of young and old. Everything they do and say seems to be of interest to the masses, arousing curiosity and speculation. Jewish history holds the Queens of Israel in high regard. The magical power of queens and princesses explains their appeal. These women were enablers; working to build bridges. Many a chapter of Jewish history points to the power of the queen and the mystery of majesty to turn the tide.

This website considers a magnificent array of royal women in Jewish history, such as Queen Helena of Adiabene, The Queen of Sheba, Ruth—the Mother of Royalty and Pharaoh’s Daughter, and their ability to transform reality from what was into what ought to be.

Come meet these enchanted women and their intriguing “ladies in waiting”, who served as angels making dreams come true.

Publications by Bryna Jocheved Levy

Waiting for Rain: Reflections at the Turning of the Year

Bryna Jocheved Levy
The Jewish Publication Society, 2008

In Israel, the High Holy Days cycle marks the transition from summer to the rainy season. In Waiting for Rain, acclaimed Bible teacher Bryna Levy offers a compelling collection of meditations that examine the biblical and liturgical readings associated with these holidays, from Rosh Hashanah to Simhat Torah.

A book of Torah commentary, Waiting for Rain inspires readers by taking a fresh look at the traditional text. The volume grew from a series of lectures Levy gives in Jerusalem each fall, in which she joins insights from contemporary biblical scholarship and literary studies with her own perspective as a modern Orthodox female Bible scholar.

Examining the liturgical and biblical readings associated with the High Holy Days, Levy explores the psyches of biblical characters and addresses issues such as: our connectedness to others; the tragedy of wasted opportunity; confronting evil, the denial of death; faith and doubt; personal and communal responsibility; universalism versus particularism; the challenge of leadership; sin and atonement; and the efficacy of prayer.

The result is a highly personal approach to the meaning of the High Holidays that resonates with our own modern lives. Stories about heroes and heroines, love, faith, hope, and dreams make this book a moving and engaging source for study and reflection as well as an excellent companion to the traditional High Holiday prayer services.

Read the
book review that was published by The Jewish Week

Sense and Sensibilities: Women and Talmud Torah
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Hebrew Translation by Sarah Fuchs
German Translation by Itai Boeing
Polish Translation by Matgorzata Kordowicz
Russian Translation - Dr. Yona Shnaider