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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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4 Responses

  1. Rally says:

    There were _not_ 32,000 at the shabbos rally. Not even close. It was more like 18,000 at best. It was a very big disappointment

  2. Pesach says:

    Excellent, especially your concluding line!
    Are we chareidim partially at fault because (1) of our focus on financial benefits which emasculate our voice, and (2) because of our isolation and poor PR, from the chavrei knesset to the autobus.
    Does not the shabbos rally preach to the choir?

  3. Menachem Kovacs says:

    Shira Schmidt’s excellent piece on the Israeli media’s slants on the news seems to have a number of implications, among them the need to imagine and implement better ways to use various media forms including this one (and music like that of Matisyahu the Chasidic reggae singer and comics(!) and films like Ushpizin) to educate our Jewish brothers and sisters about the immorality, the absurdity, the sadness of the media, the courts, the education establishment legitimating toeva relationships and educating them about the beauty, stability, and happiness in a life based on traditional Torah values.

  4. If I may echo Pesach’s observations – without gainsaying the problems in contemporary society, I think that when the Torah-saturated community withdraws from general society (be it the army, or even the general workforce), then its attempts to influence the direction of general society from the “outside” will fail. Both the charedim and the chilonim seem to agree that Torah and contemporary society are incompatible, a point not disproven by even the most sincere rallies and “sadness shading over to mourning”.

    – Moishe Potemkin

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