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.

Books by this Author

Drawing In the Dust


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. The prophet Jeremiah. I wouldn’t say anything, I’d just give him kisses.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Dumbo.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. This is going to sound strange, but my husband is also a rabbi, and once we were both officiating graveside funerals of people who had lived long, wonderful lives. The funerals were at the same cemetery, at the same time. We didn’t have a babysitter so we brought our children. I was at the top of a hill leading prayers, and he was at the bottom of the hill leading different prayers. We couldn’t hear each other, but we could see each other. And our kids were between us, running around like they were in a park, hiding behind trees, and having a great time. The sun was shining, it was a gorgeous day, and I just had this awe-filled feeling about how many stars had to align to create this moment…people had to fall in love, people had to be born, people had to die, people had to be ordained, and for an instant everything made sense – life, death, love, God – and I was perfectly happy.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I’ve always struggled with the biblical Esther, unsure if I really liked how she uses her guile and wiles to make change and save her people. She always seemed to be to be somewhat of an accidental hero. At the same time, I identify with her.

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