Drawing on her poetry as well as her theology, this article explores Sheila Shulman’s multiple engagements with feminisms that have transformed patriarchal traditions within Judaism and opened new spaces to engage the integrity of differences. Thinking across boundaries and developing practices of ‘reading whole’, she showed ways of engaging traditional texts that call upon us to be honest and present to ourselves as we shape new forms of community. As a teacher she inspired many to read attentively and with love and to frame questions that mattered to the world.
Victor Jeleniewski Seidler is Emeritus Professor of Social Theory at Goldsmiths University of London and has written widely in ethics, cultural memory, social theory and philosophy. He also teaches at Leo Baeck College and is the author of Shadows of the Shoah (Berg) and Jewish Philosophy and Western Culture (I.B. Tauris).