Daas Torah, Authority and Passion in Israel

Shira Schmidt

Shira Leibowitz Schmidt was raised in an assimilated Jewish home in New York, and became observant while studying at Stanford University in California. In June 1967 she told her engineering school professor she would miss the final exam because she was going to Israel to volunteer during the Six Day War. “That’s the most original excuse I have ever been offered,” he responded. She arrived during the war and stayed, receiving her BSc in absentia. She subsequently met and married the late Elhanan Leibowitz, and they raised their six children in Beersheba. Mrs. Leibowitz acquired a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from the Technion, and an MSc in Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo. Today she lives with her husband, Dr. Baruch Schmidt, in Netanya. She co-authored, with Nobel prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann, Old Wine New Flasks. She has co-translated from Hebrew to English (with Jessica Setbon) From the Depths (the autobiography of Rabbi Israel Meir Lau); The Forgotten Memoirs (memoirs of Rabbis who survived the Shoah, edited by Esther Farbstein); and Rest of the Dove (Parashat Hashavua by Rabbi Haim Sabato). She and her husband appear in the documentary film about the Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe, “Hidden Face.” She is available to lecture in Israel and in the US and can be contacted via www.cross-currents.com.

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  1. Menachem Kovacs says:

    The imperative of the retention of the Jewish communities
    in Gaza is based on the convergence of Halachic, historical and security factors. (Please see my article on Arutz 7 and katif.net) Since the politicians in power in Israel and most other countries have been unresponsive or rather very negative to our various expressions of protest, it is as clear as Megilas Esther that even tho we may continue to protest to flesh and blood politicians, our minds & hearts must be focused first and foremost on having Hashem Himself cancel the decree. This means still doing everything al pi teva with education, lobbying, fundraising, etc. but much more is needed in Tefila, davka in Shmone Esray, with Tehillim, with kavana in our limud leTorah that it should serve as a zechus to save Jewish Aza (and indeed Yesha and Eretz Yisrael which are also on the line here).

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