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BEST OF JEWISH PHOENIX 2016 7 lessons learned with regard to household management the death of her husband and her efforts to sustain the family following his loss. The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln offer a unique firsthand perspective on daily life during this challenging time of transition from the kehilla to a more contemporary voluntary model of communal affiliation. She shares her personal story against the backdrop of war persecution massacres and expulsions as well as the hysteria surrounding Shabbtai Tzvi the false messiah. Resilience perseverance dedication to family welfare These are the legacy of Gluckel of Hameln. The first female rabbi to be ordained in the United States was Rabbi Sally Priesand in 1972 yet Regina Jonas who died in Auschwitz in 1944 preceded her by 30 years. Jonas was born in Berlin in 1902. She experienced a calling to the rabbinate from an early age never veering from her passion for Jewish learning. Her final thesis submitted for graduation from the Hochshule fr die Wissenschaft des Judentums was on the subject of May a Woman Hold a Rabbinic Office She grounded her argument in an analysis of traditional sources operating within the framework of Halacha Jewish law. It was not until 1935 that she fulfilled her Wisdom strength confidence These are Deborahs legacy. The judge and prophetess Deborah as imagined in an engraving by artist Gus- tave Dor. Photo courtesy of Wikiart rabbi koppell.indd 7 12216 1038 AM