Rachel Isaacs was ordained in 2011 by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Isaacs is the spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation. She is also the inaugural holder of the Dorothy “Bibby” Levine Alfond chair in Jewish Studies (Colby College), teaching courses on Hebrew, Jewish theology, and Jewish humor. In 2016, she delivered the final Hanukkah benediction of the Obama administration at the White House. She lives in Waterville, Maine.
Our conversation deals with the connection between harvest and Torah, with the burden of Torah, with the Jewish religion and the Jewish People, and with growing potatoes and cucumbers.
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