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Zoe Klein

ZOË KLEIN pursued the rabbinate out of a passion for ancient texts, mythology, liturgy and poetry. Zoë Klein has written for Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Tikkun. She has written chapters in a number of collections including The Women’s Torah Commentary and Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation. Her poetry and prayers are used in houses of worship around the country and has appeared as a commentator on the History Channel in “Digging for the Truth.” She lives with her family, where she is the senior rabbi of a large congregation.
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Zoe Klein
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. There is a thread of love which holds everything together.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Loud coffee slurpers who say “ah” after every slurp. Oh, and also, people who have grand conversations while getting food in a buffet line, holding up all the hungry people.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. My husband says I describe everything as “Fluffy.”

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Shimon Peres. He is so optimistic about peace. When he speaks I imagine doves and butterflies flying through the air. I was in his house once on a delegation, and his words and the steady resonance of his voice made me want to weep, sing and pray. David Ben-Gurion once said, “In Israel, if you don’t believe in miracles, you are not a realist.” Under constant pressure and threat, Peres maintains a poetical but realistic soul I admire. To me, he just sparkles with love and hope.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Modeling for my children that people can continually learn, grow and change

Author Voices

June 04, 2009

I was a student rabbi when I started writing about Jeremiah and Anatiya, and I continued developing their journey together after I became ordained. Looking back, I realize that at different times in my life I identify with one or the other more.


At first, as a student, I identified with Anatiya. I was so passionate about the subjects in which I immersed myself, the holy texts I was studying day and night. I was enamored by the prophets, especially Jeremiah. I wanted to adhere myself to such a towering figure, in part to learn as disciple, in part to be that close to Source, to Voice, to God, and in part, quite... see more



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