We’ve put up some reading material for anyone interested in learning a little more about the ideas and halakha behind our minyan.

 Rabbi hoffman’s melbourne itinerary:

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DrashOT (Divrei Torah):

Rosh Hashana:

Rosh Hashana 2019 - Joel Lazar

Rosh Hashana 2018- Mandi Katz

Rosh Hashana 2017 - Joel Lazar (drash and accompanying poem)

Rosh Hashana 2016 - Carm Rose and Ittay Flescher

Rosh Hashana 5777 - Leah Sarna

Yom Kippur:

Neila 2019 - Annette Charak

Mussaf 2019 - D. Heller

Kol Nidrei 2019 - Mandi Katz

Kol Nidrei 2018 - Lara Lubitz

Yom Kippur 2018 - Joel Lazar

Yom Kippur 5778 - Ellyse Borghi

Neilah 5777 - Mandi Katz

Yom Kippur 5777 - Ellyse Borghi

Yom Kippur 5777 - Joel Lazar

Reflections on a theme – Unforgivable (Yom Kippur 2015)

Kol Nidrei 2015 - Mandi Katz

Shira publications

Rosh Hashana guide


Hesped for Debbie Masels - Mark Baker

Hesped for Kerryn Baker - Mark Baker



Mendel Shapiro, “Qeri'at ha-Torah by Women: A Halakhic Analysis,” Edah, 2001

Daniel Sperber, “Congregational Dignity and Human Dignity: Women and Public Torah Reading,” Edah, 2003

Elitzur A. and Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, “Guide for the Halachic Minyan,” 2008

William Friedman, “Women as Shelihot Tzibbur for Hallel on Rosh Hodesh,” Milin Havivin 1, 2005, pp. 84-94

Debby Koren, “Everyone is an Expert in Hallel: On William Friedman’s Women as Shelihot Tzibur for Hallel on Rosh Hodesh” (Hebrew), Milin Havivin 2, 2006, pp. 226-219

William Friedman, “A Response to Debby Koren,” Milin Havivin 2, 2006, pp. 189-194

Elana Sztokman, “Some Rabbinic Sources on Women and Torah Reading,” 2005

Avinoam Rosenak, “‘Dignity of the Congregation’ as a Defense Mechanism: A Halakhic Ruling by Rabbi Joseph Messas,” Nashim, Fall, 2007

Michael Broyde and Joel Wolowelsky, “Further On Women As Prayer Leaders & Their Role in Communal Prayer,” Judaism, 42:4, 1993, pp. 387-395


Wikipedia entries:

Shira Hadasha

Partnership Minyan



Daniel Sperber, Women and Men in Communal Prayer: Halakhic Perspectives, Ktav 2010

Daniel Sperber, The Path of Halakha: Women Reading the Torah (Hebrew), Rubin Mass 2007

Tova Hartman, Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism: Resistance and Accommodation, Brandeis 2007


In the news and around the web:

AJN: Shira Hadasha receives first Torah for Shavuot

Moment: An Orthodox Feminist Revolutionary

Haaretz: An Egalitarian Synagogue, on Both Sides of the Mechitza

Why Shira Hadasha is Orthodox

Review of Daniel Sperber’s “Darkah shel Halakha”

"Simply not honored? The ‘hypersensitivities’ of Jewish women" (response to review)

The Human Spirit: Who’s afraid of Shira Hadasha? (Jerusalem Post)



David Bigman, “A New Analysis of "Kol B'Isha Erva"

Responsa on Rabbinic Ordination of Women



Nava Tehila on Facebook

Nava Tehila Album



Shira Hadasha in Jerusalem-



Simchat Bat ceremony, for the birth of a daughter (Version 1)

Simchat Bat ceremony, for the birth of a daughter (Version 2)